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30 Apr Around your scheme: Shape up for Autumn

Around your scheme: Shape up for Autumn

With what seems to be the long hot Summer behind us and some welcomed rain (albeit scattered over the South-East) over the past few weeks, we now look ahead to the cooler temps which is a perfect time to undertake some maintenance around our units and properties so they come up spick and span again. Here are five things that you and your body corporate can do to prepare for Autumn.

1. Check Roof and Gutters

Clogged up gutters can lead to damaged exterior surfaces and to water slowly making its way indoors. Clogged gutters are also more prone to rust and corrosion. How do you prevent this? Before the tree leaves start to drop, have your gutters cleaned, and consider having mesh guards installed to keep debris from causing future blockages. Detecting minor roof and guttering issues may prevent a more expensive repair in the future.

2. Trim Trees

If you’ve got deciduous trees around your property, then you’ll know the nightmare that they cause during this time of year. They shed their leaves covering lawns and filling gutters, making keeping your garden looking pristine an uphill task.  Trim back trees that overhang roofs, gutters and common areas to assist with keeping green waste to a minimum.

3. Seal Drafts

Cracks and gaps around doors and windows can be unpleasant for residents and can attribute to a properties heat loss so cover them up before the weather really cools. You can use gap filler for cracks in walls or weather stripping around doors and windows. Weather stripping is one of the most cost-effective ways to manage your heating costs. Weather strips do deteriorate over time, so it’s worth giving all of your doors and windows a once-over and replacing anything that looks damaged. A door snake is also a smart investment for stopping drafts under doors and subsequently reducing your heating bill.

4. Inspect walkways, stairs and driveways

Damaged paths, driveways, and stairs are a hazard all year round, but their dangers are compounded when the weather makes them extra damp and slippery. Fix problems such as minor cracks, uneven sections, and loose railings on steps. Blast mossy/mould build up on paths or driveways with a high-pressure hose so it doesn’t worsen or exacerbate the issue over coming months.

5. Check your heating

It’s a sensible idea to have your home’s heating devices inspected by a professional. Unusual noises, hums or groans, poor performance and erratic behaviour are all signs that your heating system may need professional attention. Don’t wait until the first really cold day of winter to discover your heater is playing up.

If you have any further queries in relation to any of the above tips, raise these with your body corporate committee or contact your body corporate manager to discuss further.