Winter is just around the corner, meaning it’s time to prepare your investment property for the harsher weather.
While maintaining your property is crucial all year round, winter maintenance checks are particularly important as storms, hailstones and rain can severely worsen any damage that your property may already be sustaining. This can lead to repairs that are expensive, time-consuming, and potentially dangerous to your tenants. When it comes to preparing your Perth rental property for winter, prevention is the best cure. Here are some things to keep an eye out for during your winter maintenance check.
Roof tiles are all intact
Poorly maintained roof tiles and panels are not only unsightly, but they can cause leaking and water damage which can spread quickly to other areas of your property. Even the smallest leaks can result in big problems such as mould, rotted framing, destroyed insulation and damaged ceilings. Cracked or broken tiles can be dangerous to fix yourself, so ask your property management team to organise for a professional to repair your roof.
Gutters are cleared out and intact
Clogged gutters may seem harmless, but in reality, they can lead to water damage, leaking, and damage to the house’s exterior, landscaping and foundation. To make sure your gutters are in prime condition, clear them of leaves, twigs and other debris. Similarly, to your roof, gutters are dangerous to clear out yourself, so make sure you enlist the help of a professional gutter cleaning service.
Garden is well-maintained and not overgrown
Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can neglect your Perth rental property’s garden entirely. At the bare minimum, make sure you clear your garden of dead foliage and dead stems, as these can encourage the spread of rot and insect nests. To prepare your garden for the harsh conditions, thoroughly till your soil with some organic compost. You can even use the dead leaves in your compost for added sustainability.
Pest treatments have been conducted
The arrival of winter doesn’t mean your Perth rental property will be free of pests; unfortunately, winter welcomes a new host of household pests that you need to be aware of. To prevent pests such as rodents from infiltrating your rental property during winter, start by sealing cracks and crevices, storing your food in sealable metal or plastic containers, and fixing water leaks. However, in the case of winter pests, it’s best to call in the professionals for a comprehensive pest inspection.
Check with tenants for any outstanding maintenance issues
Lastly, ask your tenants if they know of any outstanding maintenance issues in your Perth rental property. After all, they’ll know better than anyone else and may be able to identify issues that you would have never otherwise noticed!
Keep your rental in prime condition with Rentwest
Regular winter maintenance checks are the best method for preventing seemingly minor issues from turning into costly, time-consuming house repairs. Our expert property managers at Rentwest will ensure your house remains in prime condition during the cold weather by helping you stay on top of annual check-ups and connecting you with trusted local professionals for your repair needs. Get in touch with Rentwest’s Perth property management team on 08 9314 9888 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.