Winter is here

16-Jul-2014

Officially winter is here, but before the really cooler months settle in, July is a great time to catch up on some maintenance around your rental property. As temperatures begin to dip, your property will require maintenance to keep it in tip-top shape throughout the cooler months.

  • Draughtproof your home. Sealing all gaps and holes around doors and windows can cut heat loss by up to 25 per cent in winter.
  • Clean gutters. A clogged gutter can lead to flooding, so get on top of this job before the weather gets too cold.
  • Weatherproof your deck. Applying a clear or staining sealer to your deck will help protect it from the elements. 
  • Clean and store outdoor furniture if you live in an area prone to storms. Outdoor setting can be swept away by high winds, causing damage to the furniture and your home.
  • Fill in any concrete cracks. If water gets in a crack an freezes, it will make it worse.
  • Consider relocation shrubs. A plant that has outgrown its original spot or is no longer getting enough sun for healthy growth should be moved.
  • Repair hedge gaps. Winter is the time to address any gaps in hedging. A little pruning and maintenance can encourage it to grow back thickly in Spring.
  • Prune trees and branches close to the house to prevent them from falling onto your home.
  • Schedule a cleaning and book an inspection of your heating system.
  • Inspect your fireplace chimney. Call a professional chimney sweep if necessary.