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PROPERTY MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST

To protect the physical state and condition of your property – and ultimately its value – there are number of maintenance checks or steps you must make or take on a regular basis.

Issues or problems identified should be actioned promptly. 

Here is a quick checklist of the main things you should address…

1. External building/s

At least twice a year check/inspect and clean/clear as necessary:

[ ] Gutters
[ ] Downpipes
[ ] Drains

Yearly and after exceptionally bad weather check/inspect for cracks/damage to:

[ ] Roofs/especially flat roofs/slates/tiles
[ ] Chimneys
[ ] Fascia and soffit boards
[ ] Walls

Regularly check:

[ ] Doors/locks
[ ] Windows/locks
[ ] Security grills
[ ] Windows
[ ] Garage: whether watertight plus locks, doors and windows
[ ] Outhouses/other buildings: whether watertight plus locks, doors and windows

2. External front and rear

Regularly check for:

[ ] Japanese knotweed

Check for damage to:

[ ] Trees, shrubs, hedges
[ ] Walls, fences, gates
[ ] Footpaths
[ ] Pavements/driveways
[ ] Patio
[ ] Decking
[ ] Artificial surfaces

Check that following working:

[ ] Security lights
[ ] Solar lights

3. Internal safety & security

Twice a year check that in place, working, secure and have fresh batteries where necessary:   

[ ] Intruder alarm pad
[ ] Security sensors
[ ] Panic alarms
[ ] Smoke alarms
[ ] Carbon monoxide detectors

Checks that in place, working and secure:

[ ] Door locks and bolts
[ ] Window locks and bolts

Check that opening and closing securely:

[ ] Doors
[ ] Windows
[ ] Cupboards
[ ] Other entrances or exits

4. Heating, Electricity, Gas & Water

In relation to the boiler and central heating check:

[ ] Radiators bled
[ ] Leaks
[ ] Boiler pressure
[ ] Radiator heat, top and bottom
[ ] Outside vent clear of obstruction
[ ] Date of last servicing and any outstanding issues    

In relation to the electricity check:

[ ] Switches and sockets working
[ ] Lights and bulbs
[ ] PAT tests obtained where necessary
[ ] Electrical test certificates obtained where necessary

In relation to the gas check:

[ ] No smell of gas

In relation to water check for:

[ ] Dripping taps
[ ] Leaking pipes
[ ] Water penetration/damp to loft
[ ] Water penetration/damp to the basement
[ ] Exposed pipes are lagged

5. General

In relation to bathroom/shower on a regular basis check for:

[ ] Cracks in tiles or sealant in bathrooms
[ ] Perishing of grouting
[ ] Damp stains to ceilings of rooms below bathrooms

In relation to wood at least once a year check for:

[ ] Wood rot
[ ] Dry rot

On a regular basis check for:

[ ] Ceiling cracks – possibly sign of movement
[ ] Wall cracks – possibly sign of movement
[ ] Windows sticking  – possibly sign of damp/rotting
[ ] Doors sticking – possibly sign of movement
[ ] Floorboards springy or bouncy – possibly sign of rot or movement


MAINTENANCE & REPAIRS
Don’t ignore maintenance & repairs (the first level of protection for your property)
Budgeting for repairs is smart (how to be prepared for surprises and big bills)


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Dalton Barrett
Rebel Property Coach

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