September 12, 2016
What it Takes to Maintain a Property
Maintaining a property when you are living in the same city or vicinity is not very difficult, because you are probably going to find yourself visiting the property every week or two. But if you have a property in a different state, or in a different part of the same state, you are going to find yourself needing to think a little harder about how to maintain a property. So what goes into managing these properties? And what are some tips for ensuring that your property is routinely maintained and repaired? Here are some tips for your consideration.
- It is a good idea to make sure that any wood you have on the exterior of your property is completely painted. Sometimes the paint layer on wood will begin to come off, especially if it has not been re-finished over the past few years. And the moment those layers of paint start to come off, the wood gets exposed, which can lead to softness and deterioration over time. In an ideal world, a quick annual painting touch-up should take care of the problem, and it will also leave your home looking fantastic all the time.
- Even if you took great care to install windows and doors that are not known for leaking or producing gaps, everything wears down over time. If the windows and doors on your property are close to ten years, they are probably starting to develop some gaps in them. Not only are these gaps going to reduce the energy efficiency of your property, but they may also let in water if there is a major storm. Make sure to check on your windows and doors at least once every few years to ensure all gaps are properly plugged.
- If you own a property in the countryside, or in a particularly lush part of the city, you may have a number of trees in and around your home. While trees add some welcome scenery, along with creating a freshness in the air, they can also cause some damage if they are not properly examined. If you examine your trees every six months to a year, you will notice the moment there are any loose or limp branches that may fall down and damage your property. In addition, look at the bottom of all your trees to see if any rot is developing, because it can quickly spread to other trees if it is not treated immediately.
- The final part of a property that requires constant checking and maintenance is the roof. No matter what type of roof you had installed, it is a good idea to have it checked every year or two so you know that it is still functioning appropriately. The moment your roof starts to leak or something breaks, you are exposing the entire foundation of your property to water damage. Not only is the water going to get into your foundations, but dampness in your roof and attic can also cause mold to grow.