Small issues can quickly turn into major problems if the proper steps are not taken to maintain your rental property. Here are some of the common home maintenance problems you might encounter as a Landlord or Property Manager and how to handle them.
How can you prevent roof leaks?
Cleaning regularly and at least once a year before the wet season will prevent fallen leaves and other debris from building up on roofs, which can block and corrode gutters and downpipes. This may cause leaks into the house and dampness may result in mould and attract termites which cause further damage.
How can you manage termites?
Termites attack buildings not just made of timber, but steel, concrete and brickwork as well. Termites work fast and can cause serious and costly damage to your home, even before anyone is aware of their presence. Have a suitably licensed person inspect your home every 12 months. Keep wood and garden mulch beds away from the outside of your home. Some homes have physical termite barrier systems installed to help prevent termite penetration. Chemical termite treatments can also be applied periodically to prevent damage.
How should you maintain timber decks?
Engage a licensed builder to inspect your timber deck. Timber decks are often painted or oiled. In tropical areas, decks may need recoating every six to 12 months. Always follow the maintenance guidelines set out by your builder and the paint or coating manufacturer.
How can you reduce the effects of subsidence?
When building foundations move due to soil, this is called heaving or subsidence. It is dependent on the type, location and water contents of the soil. Tree roots may also contribute to subsidence by interfering with the building structure or changing the soil moisture content near building footings. Engage professional landscapers to create a garden that will direct rainwater away from the home, ensuring water does not pool near the footings.
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