Home » Supercharge Your Property Portfolio: 5 Critical Maintenance Tasks for Landlords

Supercharge Your Property Portfolio: 5 Critical Maintenance Tasks for Landlords

Maintaining your property is vital for reducing the risk of damage and maximising the building’s value. Most landlords understand the importance of regular maintenance…Still, we find a few crucial tasks can sometimes slip through the cracks. 

As property maintenance providers, we’re often called in after routine maintenance has been deferred. We can say with certainty that keeping up with basic tasks could avoid or at least seriously reduce many of the issues we encounter. 

So…From our point of view, as the professionals tending to that too-often preventable damage, we think every Kiwi landlord should prioritise the following:

1. Gutters and Drainage

There’s a reason this one is top of the list – In our famously wet climate, a well-functioning drainage system is essential. Regularly checking and cleaning gutters, downpipes, and drains prevents water from accumulating and causing damage to the roof, foundation, and exterior walls. When it comes to gutters and drains:

  • Schedule cleaning at least twice a year: Aim for one cleaning before winter and another after the autumn leaves have fallen. 
  • Clear debris regularly: Remove leaves, twigs, and any other debris clogging gutters and downpipes. 
  • Inspect for leaks or damage: Look for cracks, loose fittings, or gaps where water might leak. Address any issues promptly to prevent further damage.
2. The Roof

Your roof is the first line of defence against the elements (especially water!). Neglecting it can lead to costly repairs throughout the structure. Regularly checking the roof for any damage is crucial, especially after strong winds or heavy rain. Be on the lookout for:

  • Missing or damaged tiles: Look for any loose, cracked, or missing tiles. Replace them promptly to prevent leaks and further deterioration.
  • Flashing issues: Check for any gaps or damage and ensure proper sealing around chimneys and skylights.
  • Moss and lichen growth: Moss and lichen can trap moisture and eventually lead to roof problems. If necessary, consider professional cleaning.
3. The Hot Water Cylinder and Plumbing Fixtures

Consistent hot water is a basic necessity for tenants, and maintaining the hot water cylinder and plumbing system is vital. Keep an eye on:

  • The date and condition of the cylinder: Most cylinders have a lifespan of around 10-12 years. If yours is nearing the end of its lifespan, consider scheduling a replacement to avoid sudden breakdowns.
  • Plumbing fixtures: Regularly inspect pipes, taps, and drains under sinks, vanities, and other areas for leaks, drips, or signs of corrosion. 
4. Heating and Ventilation

Regularly cleaning and maintaining your heat pump and HRV system ensures they function optimally, contributing to a healthy indoor environment for your tenants. You’ll need to:

  • Schedule professional servicing: Get a qualified technician to service your heat pump and HRV system at least once a year. 
  • Replace filters regularly: Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. This improves air quality and system efficiency.
5. The Garden

Keeping up with the garden isn’t just about looks – It can be a key factor in safety and drainage issues. Stay on top of:

  • Trimming: Regularly trim trees and shrubs, especially those close to the house. Overgrown branches can pose a safety risk during storms. Trim tall branches so overhanging trees don’t shed leaves into gutters, causing blockages and potential water damage.
  • Deadwood removal: Remove dead branches and fallen debris promptly to prevent them from becoming fire hazards or attracting pests.
The Bottom Line

By prioritising these basic maintenance tasks, landlords can ensure their rental properties remain in good condition, comply with regulations, and provide a comfortable and healthy living environment for their tenants. 

Routine inspections of your property—every six months or so—will allow you to identify any maintenance concerns early on and address them before they cause bigger issues or inconvenience your tenants.

At Oncore Auckland Central, we provide both residential and commercial property maintenance services covering roofs to basements and everything in-between. Whether you’re looking for ongoing assistance or one-off services, our professionals are here to help.

Add Comment

Click here to post a comment

Thank you to our Sponsors