Before the beginning of a new tenancy is an ideal time for landlords to carry out any repairs or maintenance on a property. It’s also important to consider the upcoming season so the building is ready for changes in the weather conditions. Autumn is the best time to prepare for winter, especially if a new tenant is about to move in. It could be costlier for freeholders if problems aren’t fixed and are exacerbated during the winter months. Avoid any incidents by checking the following areas of your property.

Deal with Potential Danger

Damp is a major issue that can intensify during the winter season but water can infiltrate a property at any time. It can penetrate through walls, roofs, or other openings. Check exterior walls for any damage and address any faults to prevent water ingress. Old bricks can become porous and allow water into a home. Painting them with an exterior silicone water-repellent fluid or limewash will protect it while allowing the walls to breathe. If prevention won’t work, such as installing a cavity tray, seek advice from an expert on whether the bricks need replacing.

One cause of damp inside a property can be the presence of mortar or debris in wall junctions. Getting into the cavity to remove it isn’t easy! Seek professional DIY advice before working on the wall, but by removing two or three bricks at the corners it should give a reasonable-size opening to see along the cavity and remove any debris.

Give your Tenants a Cosy Feeling

Insultation can lower utility bills if it’s energy efficient along with other refurbishments recommended to landlords. Roofing specialist firm Roof Stores compiled a list of essential tasks homeowners should be tackling each season:

  • Check for any issues in foul drains by removing the inspection covers. When lifting the manhole cover and looking at the inspection chambers, foul water drains should be laid lower than the surface water system to prevent contamination in case there’s damage to the pipes.
  • Draught-proofing around doors can prevent cold air spreading through rooms but check that there is adequate ventilation elsewhere.
  • Make sure loft insulation complies with building regulations by being at least 270mm deep.
  • Insulate interior taps in cold areas such as those in cupboards on external walls or in unheated rooms and outbuildings.
  • External maintenance is just as crucial. When the leaves are falling outside in autumn they should be regularly cleared in case they cause blockages to a drain.
  • Outdoor pipes and taps also need insulating and during the freezing temperatures need to be switched off at the isolator valve to prevent pipe damage.

Inventories Record Any Changes

If a tenancy has finished or you’ve replaced items, refurbished and refurnished a property then it is highly-recommended to carry out a new inventory to note all the amended details. Besides check in and check out reports, Assist Inventories can carry out mid-term inspections. These interim inspections are commonly carried out after maintenance work and you can let us know if there is anything in particular you would like inspecting.