Ryan Weston of Just Landlords delves into the new season with a comprehensive look at what landlords should be taking care of and Spring cleaning in their investment properties, in this guest article.
With the mercury hitting a whopping fifteen degrees centigrade in some parts today, Spring is slowly creeping up on us!
As the temperatures rise, you could be excused for thinking about sandy beaches and sipping something cold by the pool.
What about gas and electric bills? Insulation? Broken boilers?
Given the fact that warmer weather is on the horizon, you could be forgiven for not worrying about some of the potential pitfalls of your investment property.
However, Spring is a great time for buy-to-let landlords to spruce up their accommodation for potential tenants. The lighter nights also offer the opportunity to give properties a full inspection and to highlight any issues before the colder weather returns.
If you encounter any issues when looking at your property now, you will be in the best position to plan ahead. Should you require larger works, such as a boiler replacement, this will be more cost-effective during the warmer months, with demand for skilled traders not as high.
With this in mind, Ryan Weston, of Just Landlords Insurance Services, provides these easy Spring-cleaning tips to ensure your property not only appeals to tenants, but will be in shape for the Summer and beyond!
Clean your interior-‘Yes, the exterior of your property will be what would-be tenants see first, but it is important that simple jobs in the interior are sorted as a priority. Be sure to de-clutter, give the home a proper clean through and think about sprucing up the property with a new rug or cushions. Check for any holes in walls and give them a fresh lick of paint where appropriate.
Check the exterior-When you are happy that the inside of your property looks good, make sure you give the exterior a proper check. Look for leaks in the roof, cracks in the guttering and make sure there is no Japanese Knotweed on the walls!
Get gardening-Now is the time to stop delaying weeding and cleaning your garden, if you have one! Like the interior, make sure you de-clutter before mowing the lawn and trimming hedges. Ensure that you repair any broken fence panels, clean any furniture and why not get some hanging baskets ready?
Bleed for your cause-Despite the warmer weather coming, it is important for you to check your radiators work by bleeding them during the Spring months. If you find cold spots, that means there is air in the system. You can solve this by turning off the system and turning the radiator key until the air stops and water runs smoothly.
Sound the alarms-Though this should be done regularly, you and your tenants can use Spring cleaning as an excuse to test your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms!
Don’t reach boiling point-During the warmer months, it is a very good idea for you to check the efficiency of your boiler. These should be maintained at the correct pressure and should be topped up when necessary. Wrap your hot water tank to keep it insulated. You won’t attract tenants with cold water!’
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