As we move further into the summer months, many homeowners will be spending more time outdoors. With the warmer weather, you may also be thinking about the exterior maintenance of your home.
Whilst any kind of maintenance is vital for security and cleanliness, if the property is to hold value, then upkeep is essential to avoid any expensive defects that may arise. Outside of any natural deterioration, there are several elements of a property that are particularly prone to decay.
It is for this reason that the team here at White Horse Surveyors have put together the following article to assist in the maintenance of your home…
Guttering and Roof
One of the most essential parts of any home is the roof. This should always be one of the first things you check when searching for any potential deterioration or damage to your property. Although there is more likely to be problems during Winter/Autumn, this area can develop leaks or holes at any time of the year.
To avoid these defects, it is important that you ensure guttering is not blocked by wet leaves or debris. By reducing the risk of a blockage, you can also limit the build-up of excess water that eventually causes a leak and or damp to form.
Additional measures you can take include:
- Waterproofing (for the areas that are most at risk)
- Consulting a qualified professional
Trees and Bushes
If there are any particularly invasive or unmanageable trees or bushes, there is also the potential for serious damage to be done to your property. In addition to obstructing natural sunlight and looking unattractive, there are three main dangers to consider:
- Structural Damage (resulting from roots)
- Drain Damage (resulting from roots and/or foliage)
- Roof Damage (caused by branches and/or foliage)
Although this kind of damage is not common, it is always worth the effort of maintaining these elements to limit the potentially serious repercussions.
If you are unsure as to the danger being posed, you should consult the advice of an expert in the field.
It should also be noted that, some trees will be protected by law and/or local authorities. Therefore, you should ensure that you have the suitable licenses or permission before cutting them back and avoiding it altogether during nesting season. Pre-Spring or Autumn are usually the best time.
Unlike the other elements of exterior maintenance discussed in this article, some problems can go unnoticed by the homeowner for some time. A common example of this is Japanese Knotweed, which can result in serious damage to the structural integrity of your property. This plant looks unsuspecting but can grow up to 10cm per day and often find its way into weaker areas of your home and cause further dilapidation.
When dealing with Japanese Knotweed, it is vital that you speak to an expert who can inspect the property and identify the presence of this harmful plant (potentially also saving you a significant amount of money and effort later down the line).
If you require independent and professional advice on the condition of your property, please do not hesitate to contact our helpful and friendly sales team.
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