Maintenance of a property may seem a bit of a bind, but without continuous attention, the value of a property will deteriorate along with its condition. Regular maintenance is the best investment that can be made in a property.
Water can cause major problems so keeping it out is very important. Start by checking the roof. Replacing broken tiles or repairing the lead flashing may not be a major job, but left unattended, could lead to problems. It's a good idea to check the guttering when it's raining. Blockages and leaks can often be spotted when viewed from across the road.
It's always worth casting an eye over the drains too. A drain cleared before a blockage occurs is easier on the nose and the wallet.
A regular lick of paint will keep a property looking good and keep deterioration at bay. A newly painted front door with shiny brass fittings always creates a good impression. When selling, a surveyor will be more impressed with ongoing maintenance than quick fixes aimed at making the property more appealing.
Joseph Talbot, ASA
Remax Clearview Inc. brokerage
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