25 Sep How to get your building ready for spring
How to get your building ready for spring.
As winter comes to a close, there’s no better time to inspect your building and communal areas than during sunny spring days. Typically spring is the time that we start to receive more rain and keeping a close eye on your buildings exterior and interior will help proof against water leaks or building issues from becoming major headaches when the storm season really kicks in.
The following is a list of items that you might like to have a closer look at with the other committee members or owners at your complex.
Landscaping – Try and meet onsite with your current grounds maintenance contractor to discuss the gardens throughout your buildings communal areas. Perhaps they may have some simple ideas that will help prevent additional work ie. mulching garden beds, cutting back hedges or planting some drought tolerant plants to help beautify the grounds. Also, it might be an idea to remove any build-up of rubbish or items dumped by residents moving in/out of the building.
Building Exteriors – If your building has a lot of trees surrounding the property (or even if it doesn’t) it might be worth contacting your body corporate manager to engage a qualified contractor to clean out the gutters and while onsite inspect the condition of the roof and report on any maintenance issues identified. Additionally, if you have vents on the side of your building make sure they are secure. Birds think that these are great places to nest and only cause headaches for owners and residents. It may also be an idea to have any external concreted areas such as driveways, footpaths etc pressure cleaned. Not only will it enhance the building’s appearance, but it will also address any possible safety slip hazards caused by build-up grim and mould.
Building Interiors – Walk through the communal stairwells and landing areas paying attention to the floor surfaces ie carpets and tiling. Look for worn and torn carpet or tiles that may have chipped or cracked. Check handrails to make sure they are not loose or broken as well as walls etc. If walls are dirty or marked it may be an idea to freshen up the inside with a coat of paint. Also, check the lighting and any fire safety equipment and report to your manager if there are globes which are out or equipment that is missing. While you’re conducting spring inspections, it’s also a good time to check when the last termite inspection and pest control treatment was carried out in the common areas. Your building may be overdue and a simple inspection and treatment will help keep those bugs and creepy crawly’s away.
By completing a thorough spring inspection, you and your fellow committee member and owners can catch problems while they’re small and fix them before they become large, expensive repairs.