Making sure your investment is summer proof

The onset of summer brings days by the pool and backyard barbecues.

Summer beach houses
  • 30 November, 2017
  • Investment, property, Summer protection

It’s important to consider how your investment property is protected from the threats of Mother Nature.

Appropriate home insurance for your rental property is important for covering your investment and ensuring peace of mind.

But there are other things you can do – in consultation with your tenants – to lessen the impacts.

How long has it been since the gutters were cleaned?  Are drains and downpipes free of blockages? If these parts of the house are clogged, it can cause leaks and damage to the roof, it can also prevent water supply to the tank.

A roof needs to be in good condition, replace missing or damaged shingles and keep the roof clean.  Inspecting your roof regularly and making small repairs can help to keep your roof in good condition throughout the year.

It is also worthwhile making sure that large trees with branches that are close to the house are trimmed back.  But do not attempt to trim tree branches near power lines! This is a highly dangerous activity and should be left to a professional.

Fix any corrosion, loose fittings and rotting or termite affected timber.

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 and replace if necessary.

Pools provide wonderful opportunities for teaching young children water safety and swimming skills and are often the central hub for family and friends to gather and have fun. Unfortunately, pools are also potentially dangerous places, particularly where young children are concerned. 

The only safe pool environment is one where young children cannot gain access to the pool without adult supervision.  If your investmet property has a pool of any sort ensure it meets pool safety legislation.

LJ Hooker NZ

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