Time to spring-clean your properties
Article Posted - 1st April 2019
The clocks went forward on Sunday, meaning spring is well and truly under way. And, as the weather starts to get a little bit warmer, your property is likely due a spring-clean and a bit of TLC.
We advise organising a general check of the property on a dry day to accurately assess its condition. We appreciate this may seem daunting, particularly if the property is large. Keeping an up-to-date log book is a good idea, as it's a practical way of organising your maintenance and repair works. It can then form a record to supplement your inventory, which could be useful during any disputes with a tenant over the state of the property.
What to include in your property maintenance log
Inspect the roof and guttering
During the winter, leaf-laden, frozen gutters can become clogged, rendering them useless. You also run the risk of guttering falling away from the building under the added weight of the debris – this needs to be cleared as soon as weather allows.
Check the trees around the property
Check the trees around the property to ensure they're not a danger to the surrounding telephone or power lines. If they are, call a tree surgeon to safely trim back branches. If garden maintenance is included in your tenancy agreement, it's worth reminding tenants about their responsibility.
Keep your properties secure
Whether that means ensuring burglar alarms are working or reminding tenants about keeping windows and doors locked shut when the property is vacant, safety and security is a top priority.
Test carbon monoxide and smoke detectors
Regardless of the season it's important to test carbon monoxide and smoke detectors regularly. Replace batteries or devices if necessary.
Finally, always inform your tenants about your plans for maintenance and repair visits. You must give at least 24 hours notice to your tenants if you would like to carry out non-emergency works.
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