• March 14th, 2016 - 
  • Posted by SEOCLD

10 Property Maintenance Tips for Spring

With the days getting longer and winter now put behind us, it’s now the best time to start that Spring Clean. However as well as cleaning you may need to see to all those little repairs and maintenance issues you’ve been putting off.

Has Winter taken its toll on your property? You may have lost the odd roof tile and your garden might look as if a bomb’s hit it.

But don’t fret. We’ve listed our top 10 property maintenance tips for Spring to help you get back on track.

  1. Guttering – Check for loose/leaky gutters and prepare for those April Showers. Clearing blocked gutters can help prevent leaks that could lead to water damage in the property. 14% of homeowners in the UK had problems with guttering last year.
  2. Check seals and trimmings – exposed wood trims around doors and windows can be damaged by spring rains, while Winter can cause seals to harden and crack. Repair these factors ASAP otherwise water can get into the property causing long-term damage.
  3. Test the water heating pressure relief valve to reduce chances of leaks or dangerous consequences like explosions caused by corrosion build up. 10% of homeowners in the UK had problems with the hot water supply last year.
  4. Clean up landscaping – broken tree limbs and dead plants including weeds may have taken over your garden during the Winter, it is best to tend to your garden for both presentational and safety purposes. Sometimes tree branches can interfere with electric lines so it is best to keep an eye on things around those lines. Weeds can also damage driveways and patios by growing through tiny cracks in the material leading to extensive damage.
  5. Don’t turn off the radiators completely – it seems cost efficient but it can cause damp problems meaning further cost to get rid of the damp. Central heating is designed to be a complete system (used throughout all rooms in the property), although you don’t need to keep it on all the time, it is vital that it is enabled in all rooms, at least at an adequate temperature.
  6. Replace batteries in smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, etc. – you may easily forget about these devices but they are life saving after all!
  7. Clean appliances – tumble drier vents get full of dust and excess fabric from clothes, leaving it will cause the appliance to not work efficiently resulting in higher costs. This is the same with washing machine fill hoses and fridge coils.
  8. Prepare gardening equipment for the end of spring/summer. Sharpen the cutting blade and replace oils in lawn mowers (this can lengthen the life of the mower). Test other equipment like electric trimmers and saws, as you don’t want to find when it comes to using one it doesn’t work!
  9. Inspect concrete slabs/patio for signs of cracks and movement. – As well as looking untidy, a broken patio can cause drainage problems when it rains. Prevent problems by filling them with concrete filler to help seal it off.
  10. Try to not hang up washing to dry inside the house. As it gets warmer use a washing line. If it is still rainy use an airing room or the bathroom to hang washing up to dry but make sure to shut the door otherwise water particles can make other rooms in the property damp. Good practice is to install air vents and/or leave at least one window in a room on the latch. 20% of respondents in the UK have experienced problems with damp and mould in their property last year.

50% of homeowners said that motivation for home improvement comes from general wear and tear of the property, 12% of people undertake home improvements to make the property more valuable whereas 38% do it only because they feel like a change.

Whether you’re a homeowner or a landlord, GNB Software are specialists in property maintenance and maintenance management software providing an improved level of service helping achieve operational excellence.

Data from Statista here: http://www.statista.com/statistics/480338/main-home-problems-with-property-uk/

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