Summer maintenance tips
Find out how to maintain, improve and add value to your property over the summer months.
Decks, patios and outside walls
To help maintain the outdoor areas of your home, it’s important to routinely clean them and fix anything that’s damaged. When it comes to wooden decks, summer is a great time to give it a once over - look for signs of stress, like excessive curling, cracking and rotting.
Roof and spouting
Check for any damage or leaks on the roof and clean and unclog your spouting. Cleaning spouting regularly (twice a year) helps prevent build up or unnecessary leaks.
Driveway and garage floor
Give these areas a good clean and try and seal any cracks you find.
Trees and shrubs
While tenants are generally responsible for mowing the lawns and weeding the gardens, landlords are usually responsible for pruning and maintaining trees, shrubs and hedges.
Overhanging trees can cause damage to power lines or cause guttering to become blocked. Keeping trees pruned back from windows also helps maximise sunlight and ventilation, preventing moisture or mould from building up in and around your property.
Some trees and shrubs may require special care or skill to properly maintain, while other trees may be protected or have historical interest, meaning they can't be removed. For this reason, it's a good idea to use a professional to prune or remove trees from your property.
Your property manager will be able to arrange this for you.