Keep Your Investment in Excellent Condition With Spring & Summer Property Maintenance

Spring and Summer are notoriously busy for new instructions – in April, the lettings Spring property market saw an uptick of 26.8% in new instructions. For landlords, this time of year, it’s important to inspect the property to keep current tenants happy or ahead of listing a property on the market.

Regular property inspections are necessary to keep your investment in excellent condition, maintain property value, and increase tenant satisfaction. Inspections are sometimes a condition of your insurance, too, and specific aspects of your inspection will be a legal requirement.

Seasonal visits are an excellent way to ensure you conduct regular detailed inspections. If you have tenants in place, give them plenty of warning ahead of your visit. If your property is vacant, you can perform a more thorough review and maintenance to ensure your investment generates interest and fetches the highest possible yield.

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Property Inspection Tips

We’ve outlined our advice for your Spring property maintenance inspection, allowing you to get the most from your visit.

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Assess Winter Damage

Winter storms and frosts can damage external property. Take a detailed view of the property's exterior. Note any loose or missing roof tiles or fence panels that might need replacing, and check the gutters. Unresolved damage can cause problems in future months. Save yourself spiralling costs by arranging maintenance before the symptoms show.

Mould and Damp Issues

Mould and damp issues often worsen in the winter months. This is when clothes are likely dried indoors, windows are closed, and heating is on – thriving conditions for mould.

The government outlines best practices for dealing with damp and mould. These guidelines include making necessary interventions to ventilation, energy efficiency, and building deficiencies related to mould and damp build-up. The guide also states how landlords should support tenants in understanding what they can do to reduce the problem – such as opening windows daily and installing a dehumidifier.

As a landlord, you should be proactive in your maintenance to prevent dampness and mould and provide tenant education.

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Test Safety Devices

As a landlord, it is a legal requirement to have working smoke alarms fitted on each storey of the property. As part of seasonal maintenance, you must check that they are in working order and change batteries if required. You must also have a carbon monoxide alarm in each room with a solid fuel-burning appliance such as a wood-burning stove or a coal fire – these alarms should be tested, too.

It is also the landlord’s responsibility to arrange an annual gas safety check. A copy of the certificate should be given to the tenant. Aside from checking safety devices, you should also ensure that exit routes are accessible and aren’t blocked by appliances or furniture.

Deep Cleaning and Maintenance

Your investment will benefit from an annual deep clean. Arranging professional carpet and upholstery cleaning will enhance the furnishings' longevity and the property's desirability. If you have tenants in place, they will be satisfied you’re proactively maintaining the property. Cleaning behind radiators can also help increase heat output and reduce bills.

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Identify needs for repairs and replacements within the property based on your own inspections and tenant feedback. Hire professionals to conduct the work to get an expert finish.

Increase Curb Appeal

The outdoor space is arguably as important as the inside. Since the pandemic, the desire for outside space has increased. In one study, a garden, outside space, or access to land was the most important factor in a buyer's decision for 65 per cent of those surveyed.

Make sure your outside space is weed-free, bright, and practical. Trim back light eliminating bushes and enhance privacy with fencing. Consider how landscaping the space might add value and increase interest from renters.

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The front of the house should look inviting and well-maintained to give the prospective tenant a great first impression of the property. Touch up paintwork, clean the windows, tidy communal areas, and plant colourful Spring flowers in pots.

Review Your Inventory

If you don’t have a tenant in place, now is an excellent time to review your inventory. Consider the furnishings in the property – think about whether they’re needed and if they need repairing, servicing, or replacing.

The Benefits of Regular Inspections

By upholding regular maintenance routines, you’ll improve your landlord-tenant relationship, encourage tenants to stay longer, and remain compliant with legislation. Keeping up with minor maintenance issues that could excel in the future will save time and money and keep your assets in excellent condition.

To hear more about Spring house maintenance, contact our central London estate agents to discuss in further detail.

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