Essential Spring Property Maintenance Tips
When the dark and gloomy months of winter become a distant memory, spring provides the ideal opportunity to undertake any necessary maintenance on your rental property.
It’s a chance to spot problems that the harsher winter months may have caused. It also provides an opportunity to catch minor issues before they escalate into expensive problems.
Follow our 5 top tips to get you started. They will ensure your property continues to offer renters a comfortable home and keeps your investment in a marketable condition.
5 Top Tips for Spring Maintenance on Your Rental Property
1 – Garden SOS
A large part of spring property maintenance takes place in the garden. Weeds are abundant at this time of year, and together with the debris of winter, spring is the time to address things before your garden gets out of hand.
Overgrown gardens look unsightly and can present safety issues and cause damage to property in the longer term. Patios and driveways overrun with weeds can cause cracks which can, in turn, lead to drainage problems.
It’s also worth keeping trees in check, especially those that are near to electric lines.
2 – Check Seals and Trimmings
Wooden trims around windows and doors can harden and crack during spells of cold winter weather. As a result, this can leave them exposed to spring showers or downpours.
Paintwork repairs will help keep leaks at bay and prevent rot. If they are too damaged, though, and decay is already evident, it might be time for replacements.
3 – Guttering
Spring is often awash with abundant showers, so cleaning blocked gutters can pre-empt further problems. Replacing loose or leaky guttering can also avert water damage to your property.
Ideally, it would help to clean your gutters twice a year to keep them functioning well. The best time for the second annual clearance is after the leaves have fallen in late autumn.
4 – Roof Inspection
A quick check that winter winds didn’t take the odd tile or two can help prevent damaging leaks from becoming a full scale (and expensive!) problem.
Cracked tiles are often just as problematic as missing tiles, and replacing them early can help you negate issues. If you have a flat roof, undertake an internal and external check for any damp patched or sagging.
Whatever type of roof your property has, it’s also pertinent to undertake an internal check for rodents, birds, wasps and other visitors.
5 – Smoke Detectors
Whenever you check your property, it’s always worth replacing batteries in smoke detectors to keep them in full working order.
As a reminder, by law, landlords must provide smoke detectors in rental homes.
Spring Property Maintenance
So there we have it—a go-to list for getting your rental property into ship-shape condition after the harsh winter months.
Follow all of these spring property maintenance tips and get ready for summer.
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