• Top tips for Spring Outdoor Home Maintenance

    24 Sep, 2013 | 214 views

    Most outdoor home areas are the centre of activity during Spring and Summer so it’s important that some simple easy checks are done to ensure trouble free enjoyment especially if the property is being prepared for sale

    Houspect Building Inspections WA Director Chris Walsh said ‘Most of us view the backyard as an extension of our indoor living spaces but don’t really spend much time looking after the most utilized space we use”

    “For a busy homeowner, remembering to clean out gutters and downpipes or ensuring the pool is safe may be at the end of the weekend “to do” list but ensuring some simple tasks are completed over the coming weeks will mean home owners can relax and entertain safe in the knowledge that no harm will come to our family or pets “ said Mr Walsh

    “Spring is here and its time to get outdoors and make the house and yard look really good again and as safe as possible” he said

    Mr Walsh said preventive maintenance is crucial to the value of your home so keeping your place in tip-top shape with regular check-ups will save you the headache and cost of emergency repairs.

    Mr Walsh said the top items to check on this Spring are

    • Ensure the gutters and downpipes are clean and free of debris to avoid overspill from water or a fire hazard
    • Ensure all latches on pool and spas work correctly to avoid potential safety issues
    • Eliminate access to pool and garden chemicals to young children
    • Have air conditioning units checked and serviced and keep expensive electricity bills reduced
    • Test electrical circuit shut off switches
    • Cut back trees growing too close to roofs and wall structures
    • Check external water heaters for leaks, rust or ground staining and if necessary have a plumber check them out. Leaks that go unnoticed for long periods of time can cause damage to tiling or pavers and can lead to expensive repairs
    • Clean fly screens from winter grime and dust
    • Ensure any wooden fences are checked for termite damage and if necessary have a termite inspection
    • Water pressure clean timber decking and re-seal
    • De-bug patios and pergolas ready for those summer BBQ’s

    ‘Most of us hibernate in the winter, and with spring and sunshine comes a new boost of energy. On some occasions it may be necessary to have the property thoroughly checked by a professional building inspector to ensure everything is in tip top condition especially if the property is being prepared for a spring sale ” he said

    “October and November are the perfect time for a routine maintenance inspection especially after harsh winter conditions” said Mr Walsh

    Chris Walsh owns Houspect WA which provides building inspection reports that are designed to meet the conditions of Australian Standard AS4349.1 “

    All Houspect building inspectors are registered builders with years of experience which allows them to accurately report on the condition of a property and in simple terms explain what needs to be done.

    Homebuyers or sellers can contact Houspect by calling them on 08 9240 8855

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