We always say that a little proactive maintenance never goes astray, especially when it comes to winter-proofing your rental property. Not only will your tenants love you for it, there’s also less likelihood of big problems down the track. Here are 7 ideas to get you started:
- Clean gutters and drainpipes
Leaves and debris take up residence in gutters and drainpipes over summer, so be sure to give these parts of your house a good clean before the winter rains hit. It’s a wise investment to hire a professional to do the job.
- Fix broken or cracked tiles
Cracked or broken tiles allow moisture to seep into the roof space, which can cause significant damage to your ceilings and negate winter heating efforts. Replace cracked or missing tiles as soon as they become noticeable.
- Prune overhanging trees
Big branches from trees can cause big damage to your roof in a storm – not to mention bringing down power lines in the process! Organise for a professional tree lopper to take care of any wayward limbs.
- Fertilise your lawn
Late autumn is the ideal time to get some fertiliser onto your lawn, to keep it healthy during the colder months.
- Check seals around doors and windows
Draughty doors and windows cause a lot of heat loss during winter. Check for gaps around doors, windows, architraves, skirting boards and floorboards. There is a variety of products that can be used for blocking draughts, from adhesive foam strips to brush strips. If in doubt, check with an expert.
- Improve ventilation
Mould loves the wintertime! Warm, humid rooms such as the kitchen, laundry and bathroom are particularly susceptible to an outbreak. The best way to defeat mould is to ensure that there is plenty of ventilation available. Make sure windows and doors can be opened easily and, if necessary, install an exhaust fan.
- Inspect your hot water heater
If your hot water system is more than five years old, you should have a professional check the tempering valve, the temperature pressure relief valve and the anode to ensure that they are all working correctly. As with all preventative maintenance, these quick checks could save you the cost of a new hot water system.