With the summer solstice just passed and a new year just started, there’s no better time than the present to look at summer maintenance for your rental property. This should ensure problems that arise when season’s change don’t catch you off guard, according to Baxton Property Management in Hobart. With many years of experience in managing rental properties, Baxton has built up a solid knowledge base with regard to property maintenance and when to do what.
Take Advantage of the Weather
It might sometimes be very tempting as a rental property owner to spend Hobart’s prime summer period on the beach relaxing. However, the summer months also provide the best opportunity to deal with certain maintenance issues caused by wear and tear before they go even further down the road towards needing expensive and intensive repair.
Your tenants are going to be spending a lot of time outdoors, and trying to keep cool while indoors. That means it makes sense for you, as the rental property owner, or your property management company (if you have one) to check for related outdoor or cooling system problems and fix them straight away.
Summer Property Management
Take stock of the condition of the paintwork or wood preservative on the house itself, and on fascias, trims, doors and window frames. Cracking and peeling not only looks bad, but can make the underlying material more vulnerable to drying out, splitting and cracking, and open it up to fungus and rot when the rainy season comes. A general rule of thumb is that after an initial two to three coats of preservative when first treated, wood maintenance calls for a single coat every 12 months for optimum protection, and a double coat, or more frequent application, if the woodwork is on the sunny side of the house in Tasmania.
You will need to check your wooden fences, gates, decks and outdoor furniture for signs that they need planks or screws replaced, or a new coat of wood preservative or varnish applied. Allowing the sun to beat down on them relentlessly through the hottest time of the year can sound the death knell for outdoor woodwork, if it’s not suitably protected. If your gates and fences are made of metal, inspect them to see if rust is starting up anywhere, and take action whenever necessary.
Take note of whether the balustrades or railings on the deck or balconies have loose or broken supports or cross-pieces. Once the damage has started, a dry summer season can lead to accelerated deterioration, a bigger bill, and possibly provide a safety hazard.
Cooling the Situation
Moving inside, if you have an air conditioning system installed in your rental property, be sure to see that the filters are changed and the drain line flushed out twice during the summer months. The system is going to be working overtime during the summer months in Hobart.
Baxton Property Management in Hobart points out that tenants will need to be notified in advance of any maintenance inspections or work. If seasonal inspections are linked to the routine inspections allowed for every three months in terms of regulations, it could prove beneficial in terms of landlord/tenant relationships.
It is particularly important to show consideration for tenants’ privacy at this time of the year when many tenants will be hosting family members, and enjoying regular BBQs with friends. Baxton also points out that maintenance checks and repairs also fall within the property management field, motivating many private rental property owners to opt for enlisting their services. For more information, contact Baxton online.
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