How to protect your investment property from pests

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It’s that time of year again – the sun’s coming out, the weather’s getting warmer and it’s almost time to break out the bathers. Unfortunately for Perth homeowners, it’s not just the sun that could be paying us a visit during the summer seasons. Whilst the sun is coming out of hibernation, those dreaded household pests are coming with it, and they could cause Perth property owners a lot of trouble. If you want to avoid the stress and cost of unwanted housemates this spring, follow these steps to protect your investment property from pests during the warmer weather.

Who are the creepy culprits?

No pest is a good pest, but there are certainly some creepy crawlies that can do more damage to your investment property than others. Household pests such as termites and rodents could cause serious structural or electrical damage to your Perth property, landing you a hefty repairs bill as well as a damaged home.

  • TermitesKnown as the “secret eaters”, termites hold a reputation as the most destructive pests in Australia – and for good reason.  Left undetected, termites can eat away at your property from the inside out, leaving your Perth rental structurally unsound and in need of expensive repairs. The first signs of termite-related trouble can include damage to skirting boards, bubbling of paint on wooden surfaces, as well as bowing and bulging floors. However, termites themselves can be notoriously hard to detect without professional help, so it’s important to protect your property against these pests before they become a problem.
  • Rats – Another unpopular household pest, and one that can emerge all year round, is the common rodent. Whilst no-one wants to hear rats rattling away in the roof, these pests can also cause costly damage if they get their claws on electrical wiring and water pipes (not to mention the furniture).

Protecting your property from household pests

As a property owner or tenant, there are plenty of DIY steps you can take to ensure your Perth rental remains pest-free during the warmer weather. Landlords can reduce the chances of an unwanted infestation in their investment property by ensuring any potential entry points, such as loose window fittings and cracks in walls, remain sealed. As a tenant, on the other hand, you can avoid household pests daily by keeping your Perth rental clean, tidy and free of rubbish.

Whilst these tips are important in preventing pests, there are also things you can do as a property investor to protect your property (and your bank balance) from pests in the first place. The best way to do this is to organise a pest inspection and treatment with your licensed local pest control company. Rentwest works regularly with trusted local professionals like Domestic Pest and Weed Control to ensure our client’s rental properties remain pest-free. We recommend a complete inspection and treatment, followed by annual check-ups to keep everything up to date. This is particularly important if your property has undergone renovations or alterations, as initial pest protection barriers may have been broken.

Property investment advice with Rentwest

Need help managing your Perth rentals? Whether it’s carrying out the right checks on your property, defining your responsibilities as an owner, or developing an effective investment strategy, the property management team at Rentwest can offer you the support and investment advice you need to lead a successful real estate venture.

Contact our Perth property managers today on 9314 9888 or email us at rentals@rentwest.com.au to enquire about our property management solutions.