New Year Annual Property Maintenance Checklist For our Owners

By Arrive
Friday, 21 December 2018

There are many hidden dangers in and around our homes or rental properties.

Some may be natural, man-made, or due to wear and tear. Detailed property maintenance keeps the area clean and removes potential health hazards.

Keep reading to get a checklist for your property maintenance.

CLEAN THE YARD AND SURROUNDING AREAS

The first thing is to clear the yard of any debris or fallen objects, especially after storm season. Prune any tree in the area and cut overgrown or leaning branches. Such branches may fall and injure someone. Other tips for caring for the trees include watering, fertilizing, and mulching.

INSPECT THE ROOF AREA AND FIX ANY ISSUES

One of the most neglected areas in different homes is the roof. Some people wait until there’s a problem before checking the roof area. Inspect the area to ensure there won’t be leaks soon. Unblock the rainwater gutters. If there is a water heater on the roof, inspect it for damage. Clear debris from solar heaters to keep them effective.

LOOK FOR FAULTS OR CRACKS IN THE HOME

Faults or cracks in the home can cause further damage to property if not regularly checked. As such, look for faults or cracks in the home. Check for damp spots on floors and walls and mold appearing on walls, ceilings and inside cupboards. Mold is considered a health hazard and must be removed effectively and promptly.

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FIX THE LIGHT FIXTURES

Go around the home and find any light fixtures with problems. They could be flickering, dimmer than other areas, or not working. Get a technician to check the wiring. Having working lights will prevent injuries. If someone suffers and injury because of poor lighting, it can open you up to a lawsuit.

BE WARY OF LEAD AND ASBESTOS

Ensure there are no signs of lead or asbestos in the area. If painted walls have lead falling on the ground, make sure to clean the area. Lead poisoning can affect mental development.

On the other hand, asbestos causes lung disease and cancer. Inspect the area for asbestos. Get professionals to remove it if the insulation is peeling.

PEST CONTROL

Regular inspections are the most important part of termite control. While annual maintenance termite inspections do not stop a termite infestation they can help with the early detection of termite activity. Once termites are detected, remedial treatment can begin so damage to your property will be minimized or prevented.

Karen Herbert

Article by Karen Herbert

Karen is a leading authority in leasing and managing property in Brisbane. A successful entrepreneur, she previously operated her own specialist Property Management company that went on to became one of the most prominent in Brisbane. After 20 years in the industry, Karen recognised the need to s...Read more

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