We all know we need to get our vehicles regularly serviced to get the most value out of them. In the same way an autumn/winter tune-up on the home can be a practical money-saving activity that not only protects the value of the asset but will improve quality of life for its inhabitants. For tips on giving give your property a going through here’s the following checklist:
- Make sure guttering is clear of any debris – autumn leaves and twigs – to stop any water backing up and flowing back into roof spaces or under the home. Consider installing a gutter protection barrier so leaves and debris blow off the guttering.
- Ensure downpipes flow into the storm water drain or the rainwater tank system – not under the home.
- Clear the tank strainer to ensure it is clear of leaves and debris.
- Have the roof checked for broken tiles or slates, or loose iron and flashing leaks.
- Check roof entry points for internal heater flues. Ensure flue and chimney is clear of soot and debris that may cause fire.
- Check around exterior and under house for any excessive dampness or water pooling.
- Check for leaks under bathrooms, kitchens and laundries.
- Check for sub floor dampness as it can attract termites.
- In the garden, look for any slippery damp steps, pathways or driveway areas.
- Check for any mould spots on interior walls, which could show a sign of dampness in the home.
- Have heaters undergo a regular annual maintenance check. Clean filters and vacuum dust from heaters.
- Make sure the clothes dryer lint filter is cleaned after each use.
- Check seals around windows and doors for heat loss.
- Undertake an audit of all taps to repair any leaks.
- Check all power points are functioning correctly and have any with scorch marks checked by a licensed electrician.
Source : Quartile Property Network (6 April 2012)