5 Property Maintenance Tips During Winter
Getting your home ready for winter is always a good thing to do with our property maintenance tips. Whether you are a landlord or a tenant, you need to make sure everything is working fine so that you don’t end up running around urgently looking for solutions when the time comes.
Here are five essential cold weather tips for home maintenance that will help you add value to the property.
1. Check Pipes, Plumbing, and Gutters
As soon as Autumn starts fading away, you know winter is just around the corner. And winter in New Zealand comes with rain. This means that there’s always the possibility of overflowing gutters and water leaking through exterior damages. Here are some plumbing related essential home maintenance tips that will answer all your “how to prepare for winter” questions!
✓ Make sure that your gutters, downpipes, and drains are free of debris and leaves, and are not in need of repair.
✓ Get the roof checked for any worn tiles that need repairing as broken or damaged ones can let water permeate into the property.
✓ Install leaf guards on the gutters and add extensions to the downpipes to ensure that water stays away from the property.
✓ Clogged plumbing can land you in trouble if the rain pours down heavily, so make sure to get it checked before the winter arrives.
Simply complete this home repair inspection checklist to make your home rainproof during the entire season.
2. Examine Insulation
Adequate insulation helps maintain a healthier living environment as it reduces dampness and condensation. A well-insulated home also keeps the generated heat inside, resulting in reduced heating bills. Follow the below-mentioned checklist to keep things warm during winter.
✓ Check the existing insulation of your property and see if it’s enough to provide a comfortable environment.
✓ If your home has no insulation, installing one can help you increase your asking price and make your property desirable for tenants.
✓ Make sure to check for any damages to the existing insulation caused by dampness or compression from storage boxes.
If you plan to shirk on the insulation, you need to know that as of 1 July 2019, it is compulsory to install ceiling and underfloor insulation in all rental homes where possible. Still not in the mood?
Landlords not complying to this regulation may be liable for a penalty up to $4,000 – How’s that for getting you ready for action?
3. Maintain Heating
A home with proper heating options is loved by tenants and home buyers alike. Here is how you can maintain the heating system of your property.
✓ If your property has no heating source, consider installing heat pumps, wood pellet burners, and flued gas heaters.
✓ To increase the heat retention of your property, consider installing thick, thermal backed curtains.
✓ If you already have a heat pump installed (bravo!), make sure to change the filter and clean exterior unit from debris and leaves, etc.
4. Check Dampness and Moisture
Musty smell, mould, and water stains on the walls or ceiling are the signs of excessive dampness. And with dampness comes moisture that can be taken care of with the following property maintenance tips.
✓ Install extractor fans in kitchens and bathrooms to combat mould formation.
✓ Make sure that your property gets enough sunlight so pruning back trees is something you should consider.
✓ A musty smell means dampness. Check wardrobes, cupboards, and places that don’t get sunlight for possible mould formation.
✓ Check on your ventilation system and change the filter before winter arrives.
Cold temperatures and rain are favorable conditions for mould growth. Make sure you inspect your entire property for possible mould formation and remove it as soon as possible.
5. Don’t Forget the Fireplace Maintenance To-Do List
If you have a fireplace in your property, consider cleaning it every year. Here are some tips to help you do things better.
✓ Home insurance policies have a clause that the fireplace must be cleaned on an annual basis. If you don’t comply, your insurance policy might be deemed invalid in the event of a fire.
✓ If you don’t use the fireplace, consider blocking it to contain heat in the home.
Also, while using the fireplace, move ahead with caution as fire is something not to be meddled with. If you have children, consider installing a protective wire gauze to keep them away from contact.