Is the garden easy to maintain?
It’s very easy for gardens in rented properties to get overgrown and untidy, especially as we are all so busy! So have a critical eye cast over the garden during June and July, when plants, shrubs and trees are growing at their fastest, and consider:
- Would it be wise to severely cut back or remove some?
- Could you replace some fast-growing plants with more hardy, lower-maintenance ones?
- Is it worth paving an area currently laid to lawn?
Although you’ll need to spend a little money now, it’s likely to be worthwhile to help keep the exterior looking its best and reduce the need for a lot of work to get it in shape.
Service the plumbing system
Since you are highly unlikely to be using the heating over the summer, it’s the perfect time to bleed radiators, drain down and flush through the system. It’s also a good time to have a boiler serviced, and this way, if anything does need repairing or replacing, it’s not going to leave you shivering.
Touch up any exterior paintwork
It may be that some of it just needs a good clean, but if you have any flaking or discoloured paintwork, get it touched up while the weather’s warm and it’s going to dry quickly. And while you’re looking at the window frames and sills, check the seals and replace any that look to be failing.
The smarter your property looks the better it will help maintain or improve your property’s value.
Finally, while it’s warmer open the windows to allow air to circulate. Surface mould is a common issue and can be caused due to a lack of ventilation and trapping damp air inside. While it won’t get rid of any existing mould, opening the windows on a regular basis will be good for both the property and your health.