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7 Tips For Spring Property Maintenance

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When Spring is approaching, property managers focus on seasonal property maintenance inspections. Inspections consist of monitoring and tracking assets that don’t usually require much attention in Winter like gutters, pools, gardens, and lawns. Managers will check assets that function all year round like filters, HVAC units, and generators, in order to avoid failures. 

To property owners and landlords, functionality is essential for preserving their home's integrity and keeping tenants happy.

To track maintenance related tasks and costs, property owners and managers can implement a maintenance management system. Having a running log on all adjustments and issues handled is important, so many property managers will use a property maintenance software.

To help you prepare for Summer, make sure you take these 7 tips into account during the next Spring maintenance check:

 

1. Inspect the roof and building's exterior

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Landlords and property managers are advised to check for damaged siding, chipped paint, holes in window screens, and foundation cracks. They should also verify whether the roof has any missing or damaged shingles that need to be fixed or replaced.

 

2. Inspect and clean the pool

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It is a good idea to check whether the pool has any interior or exterior cracks and if the filters are in good shape.

 

3. Check the irrigation systems

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Irrigation systems should be examined in order to confirm whether they were properly drained before Winter or if they suffered any damage.

 

4. Check the electrical systems

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All the electrical systems should be checked for loose connections. Having a faulty electrical system can lead to energy losses. It’s highly recommended to hire a licenced electrician for seasonal electrical system checks.

 

5. Inspect the safety equipment

Fire extinguishers, snowmobiles, alarm systems, and smoke detectors are all part of the property’s safety equipment and keeping it in top shape is essential for the safety of the tenants.

 

6. Update the mechanical systems

Property managers should hire an air conditioning specialist to check all units and to replace air filters if necessary. This will ensure that the quality of indoor air is maintained.

 

7. Check the gutters

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It's important to check the gutters seasonally to ensure that they are not damaged or clogged. Clogged gutters can lead to more severe issues such as water infiltration, and severe gutter damage.

Whether you use a property management software to schedule your maintenance inspections or not, small issues can be prevented before they turn into costly problems.

If during maintenance inspections, issues are detected, you might have to hire trades professionals to handle the repairs. To find local tradies register at Bricks + Agent. Simply register for free and get started!

Rafael Niesten

Written by Rafael Niesten

In his early 20s, Perth local Rafael Niesten, won a scholarship to study in Canada, with that came the opportunity to volunteer at a local radio station. That spawned his entrepreneurial streak, returning to Perth in 2001 he set up community radio Groove FM. More by luck than design, they became successful, too successful as they took a significant chunk of the Perth Market. This sent up the red flag with his commercial competitors who saw to it that he came before the Australian Broadcasting Authority and on technicalities such as the number of volunteers he was forced to move on. He received the citizen of the year award for Western Australia (youth) and was a finalist in the Australian of the year awards (Youth). Falling on his sword he turned to running small and large scale events, all the while buying, renovating and selling properties. Buying and selling land and renovated houses provided a grounding in the property industry. In 2006 he moved to Sydney lured by the offer of free rent for 10 months in a friend’s apartment. He founded a cloud based medical grade voice recognition company, followed by co founding the first true cloud application for private practice in the health sector. He successfully exited these ventures at the end of 2016 and began building Bricks+Agent.