15 tips for keeping on top of property maintenance

If you don’t keep on top of property maintenance, you run the risk of setting yourself up for costly emergency repairs. A little advanced planning and regular, routine checks of guttering, roofing, tiles, electricals and more can prevent costly damage later. Here are our 15 tips for keeping on top of property maintenance; gathered from decades of combined London property maintenance experience.

Property maintenance tips for inside

  1. Use anti-mould paint in key rooms like the kitchen, utility room and bathroom which tend to become damp frequently. This will make it easier to keep clean.
  2. Don’t scrimp on ventilation. The same rooms treated with anti-mould paint will need good venting to help the paint do its job.
  3. Create a service plan. List down when your annual gas check is due along with your fire alarm testing and boiler service. Then plan and budget for repainting, gardening and re-carpeting at regular intervals.
  4. Check for leaks regularly, this includes going up in the loft at least 2 times a year.
  5. If you have tenants, never punish them for reporting a problem, however minor. Fixing issues early can save you thousands.
  6. Commit money to refurbishment. You’ll not only be able to command prices at the top end of the buyer/rental market, but home refurbishment in London can be affordable when not a rush job.
  7. At least once a year, test and certify all electrical goods, fixtures and soft furnishings in the property to ensure they are in good order.
  8. Seal any holes or cracks that could allow pests to take hold immediately.
  9. Clean and maintain grout to ensure tiles remain in good condition.

Property maintenance tips for outside

  1. Hire a regular gardener or lawn and grounds maintenance team. You’ll save money over the long run by cultivating mature, hearty plants.
  2. Check the roof twice a year. Plan to replace every 10 years or so.
  3. Check and clean out the gutters twice a year.
  4. Stain and seal decking and fencing annually to prevent sun and weather damage.
  5. Check and repair any loose paving stones regularly to keep entire sections from loosening.
  6. Plan to repaint and repair any damaged road markings or outdoor signage semi-annually.

If this all sounds like a bit too much, why not hire a professional property maintenance company like us to take all the hassle out of keeping on top of your maintenance needs? We’re waiting to hear from you.