Wet season’s around the corner - Gear up for cyclone clean-up & maintenance

The wet season is fast approaching and it's that time of the year where we prep for cyclone clean-up and get the check lists in order for property maintenance.

A big part of preparing for the Wet season is the annual hard rubbish collection arranged by your local council. 

For Darwin go to www.darwin.nt.gov.au/pccu to find out more. Or click on this link to see when your rubbish is being collected.

For those in Palmerston go click here for a flyer on hard rubbish collection.

As you're clearing the debris from your property, there are some other maintenance items that are good to tick off, including:

AIR CONS:  We'd ask that tenants do a regular clean of the filters.  For owners this is a great time to look at the annual servicing of all air conditioners at home. Regular servicing will lengthen the lifetime of the air con unit, keep electricity costs lowered as the unit will not be working as hard to keep cool, and it is a proactive action in ensuring tenants remain cool and not inconvenienced. Costs can be as low at $100 per unit.

GARDENING:  Hard rubbish doesn't include green waste.  So if palm fronds have piled up in the backyard, we'd suggest doing a tip run.  For owners It's also a good time of year to consider pruning and thinning of large plants around your gardens prior to the real onset of the wet season. 

We work with a number of gardeners that can attend to overall garden trim back and tidy – and report any irrigation issues to ensure the reticulation is maintained during the wet (yes, this is necessary too, to prevent wearing and leaks).

GUTTERS: Don't forget to ensure the gutters are clear of leaf debris. Failure to do so can cause the rainwater to build up in the gutters and cause roof leaks.

VACANCIES: Properties available for lease during the final months of the year are susceptible to extended vacancies due to an oversupply of property on the market, and a reduction in market activity at this time of year. To ensure that we can minimise your vacancy and maximise your income – please ensure that property upgrades and refurbishments are considered to maintain your property at a high standard and comparable to other properties on the market. You may want to consider bathroom and kitchen refurbishments, tile and grout cleaning, replacing discoloured and aging fans and electrical switches that have yellowed, consider some painting to life the presentation, replacement of appliances, re-laminating kitchen cupboard edges ... We can project a maintenance plan and upgrades list for your consideration – have you read your inspection reports lately and discussed this with your Property Manager?

For more tips and info on maintenance click here

Please let your property manager know if you wish to arrange any of the above, or if we can help with obtaining some quotes.


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