With the arrival of spring now is the perfect time to get your investment property looking its best, including lawns and gardens and any necessary repair work to outside areas. A good place to start is removing any winter build-up of moss and mould around your rental property. Driveways and decks can become very slippery and may be hazardous for your tenants, particularly areas that have been shaded over winter. Driveways and decks can usually be waterblasted to remove moss and mould build-up. Products such as wet & forget are usually very effective for moss as is sugar soap for mould. Wash the exterior of your house, remove cobwebs and clean the windows to do away with any traces of the wet, cold winter. You might also need to fix minor problems such as decks or weatherboards that need replacement.
Property maintenance also includes ensuring your investment property is meeting all the necessary safety standards according to building code and Council regulations – particularly in relation to fencing around pools and laws about pergolas and decks. The Fencing of Swimming Pools Act states that all private outdoor pools must be fenced unless the walls of the pool are more than 1.2m above the ground, or the maximum depth is 400mm or less. The fence must surround the area immediately around the pool only. Gates should close and latch automatically. Older swimming pools are also required to adhere to the current standards, the most common reasons pool fences failed compliance is because they are not high enough, had gaps or gates that are not self-latching.
Another area where you need to be prudent is building consents. As a result of the Christchurch earthquake new building codes were introduced for decks, pergolas and other additions to your property. These new standards aim to protect residents and the public from ‘unsafe’ building practices. For your Tauranga, Mount Maunganui and Papamoa property please see the Tauranga City Council guidelines which outline when a consent is needed.
If you have any questions relating to this blog please feel free to phone on 0800 333 221, as your Property Managers we are more than happy to give advice or put you in contact with the correct agency.