Spring is an ideal time for starting many things afresh, including a new year in a property. Chances are that some maintenance issues may have arisen over the winter months that would benefit from your attention, and that will also help to preserve the value of your property going forwards. Staying on top of maintenance will prevent small issues from becoming much bigger, as well as ensuring that your property is functional and comfortable.
Whether it’s improving your own home, or a property that you rent out to tenants, here are our top tips for keeping your property well maintained.
Regular maintenance is a critical part of preserving the life of your heating and cooling system, but this isn’t something that should be tackled yourself. This is particularly the case with air conditioning, since water and electricity do not mix! We strongly recommend that you hire professionals, or even take out an annual service contract with them, so that they can comprehensively evaluate your systems and so any maintenance necessary to make sure that they are in good working order.
Whatever material it’s made from, bad weather over the winter can quickly cause damage to the roof of your property. Even a few loose tiles or minor holes could put you at risk of water damage inside if any heavy rain or storms hit later on in the year. It’s always worth investing in a roof inspection to make sure that yours is in good condition. Similarly, gutters work by directing water away from your home. If they’ve been clogged by leaves and other debris, they won’t function as effectively, so getting them cleared should be a priority.
Natural light can improve our mood, boost our circadian rhythm (sleep-wake cycle) and make our home brighter, meaning less need to turn lights on and burn electricity. Start the year sparkling by cleaning all of your windows and screens. You can do this yourself using a simple water and mild vinegar solution or hire a professional. Professional window cleaners can be particularly valuable if you have an especially large property, or you aren’t confident cleaning higher windows yourself.
When the weather is cold, it’s not unusual for critters to try and make their way into your home to protect themselves from the elements and this could mean that they have left gaps and entry points that could make your home less energy efficient, as well as providing a doorway for other unwanted guests. Make sure that screws around windows and doors are tightened and consider adding rubber door sweeps where possible. If you notice any damage that might have occurred over winter, such as that caused by termites, get pest control specialists in to take care of it.
When the warmer temperatures arrive, many of us will be spending more time outdoors. Naturally, you will want your outside space to be as clean and comfortable as possible. You can prepare your yard for the summer now by jet washing down decking and other surfaces, clearing up leaves, cleaning garden furniture and trimming back any bushes or trees that may have been left to get a little wild over the winter.
For more spring maintenance tips, please speak to our experienced and knowledgeable team. Call us today at are select locations, Oakland (510) 225-0470 and Sacramento (916) 822-9655.