Get your property summer ready!

 

Summer is at last upon us, bringing along long, hot, lazy days filled with promises of beach trips, barbeques, and sunshine from dawn to dusk.  And while you happily kick that ball on the beach, or get your dose of vitamin D sunbathing in the backyard, do not forget to check property maintenance off your summer to-do list.

 

Timely care ensures your property remains healthy, prevents larger, costlier repairs, and improves its resale value. And if you are unsure about where to start, we’ve put together this handy, summer property maintenance guide you can use to get your property geared up for the summer.

 

Hit the roof: Take a look at your roof to check for lifting, broken or dented shingles as well as moss growth. A favorite spot for insects and birds, make sure you clean the eaves to rid them of leaves and other debris. Do not forget to check the roof valleys for blockages that could potentially hold water and cause unnecessary damage to your roof.

 

Pimp your plants: While tending your garden is a year-round affair, summer is the perfect time to treat your garden to some essential tidying. Tackle garden irritations such as pesky weeds and overgrown branches that may damage your property. Remember to clear away the dead foliage of your spring bulbs, and prune yellowing and infected leaves. Moreover, summer is also the perfect time to get busy with your vegetable patch and plant vegetables like beans, celery, peppers, squash, and zucchini. Lastly, water your garden first thing in the morning or late in the day, to minimise evaporation and wastage.

 

Get in the gutter: Ignoring clogged and broken gutters can result in structural damage to your property, as well as cause damp related health issues for its inhabitants. If you suspect leaking gutter joints, removing that particular section of guttering, and cleaning between the joints could solve the problem. When dealing with cracks in both PVC and metal guttering, begin by cleaning the area that needs to be repaired and then, apply a good quality sealant along the cracks ensuring no gaps are left exposed.

 

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Brandish that brush: Summer season is an ideal time to give your doors, windows, and walls that much needed makeover with a fresh coat of paint. Warm temperatures and the lack of rain allows paint to bond better to external surfaces due to the absence of dampness and results in a more consistent and durable finish.

 

Check that boiler: While one may want summer to go on forever, it is important to remember winter is always just around the corner. Summer is, therefore, a good time to make sure your central heating boiler is functioning efficiently. Ensure it is thoroughly serviced and the excess buildup cleaned in preparation for winter. This routine maintenance will ensure your home is heated safely and efficiently all year while increasing your heating system’s lifespan.

 

While you may want summer to go on forever, it is important to remember winter is always just around the corner. Summer is, therefore, a good time to make sure your central heating boiler is functioning efficiently. Ensure it is serviced thoroughly and clean the excess buildup. This routine maintenance can ensure your home is heated safely and efficiently all year while increasing your heating system’s lifespan.

 

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Don’t hesitate, insulate: Insulation is another aspect of property maintenance that sometimes escapes notice. Because insulation wears down, it becomes less effective over time. This results in increased energy consumption and costly bills. It is therefore smart to make the necessary repairs when it’s still warm. Insulating your pipes is recommended to prevent them from freezing or bursting during winter. Other preemptive measures could include draft excluders for windows and doors, and boiler insulating material, all of which make for affordable methods of reducing energy bills.

 

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15th June 2018