Repairing roofs, updating ceilings
Intelligent Trade Services The rain we have received during July has made choosing a topic for this month’s column easy.
The number of roof repair inquiries we have received in the past four weeks has quadrupled – I think many have taken on board my advice to take care of home maintenance issues as they occur.
This saves money in the long run.
Right now our plumbers, builders and roofers are flat-out preventing internal damage from leaking roofs.
Visiting these properties as part of I Trade Services’ free quote process has brought to light another winter-specific maintenance issue: ceilings with significant mould growth from a lack of airing.
Most of these are in tenanted situations where the tenants do not have the same interest in looking after the property as someone who owns their own home.
Many flatting situations have the residents leaving for work with their house closed up for the day after multiple showers, leaving a hot, moist atmosphere in the house and condensation on ceilings – a perfect environment for mould to grow.
The required work to remedy this can cost thousands.
Some preventative solutions to this are having shower domes fitted to contain steam in the shower, having a ventilation system installed in your house, or having an externally venting extractor fan fitted to the bathroom or kitchen.
Since tenants like to keep power bills to a minimum and may not care they are damaging your property, a cunning plan is to have the extractor fan come on when the light is turned on. Shaving in the dark is not for the faint-hearted!
Now here’s one that may catch you on the trot:
Body corporate members, did you know that new legislation coming into place dictates you must have a 10-year span maintenance plan for all the common areas in your complex in place by October 2012?
I believe its introduction is partly inspired as a protective measure for vendors and buyers with regard to the leaky home syndrome, as it must address any outstanding maintenance issues requiring attention.
This includes the external claddings of all buildings.
With the requirement to have a plan in place in just more than a year, I Trade Services is receiving increased inquiries from body corporates looking for guidance in establishing a plan.
While we are happy to undertake quotes for the required work, we refer people to Body Corporate Plans, a company that specialises in establishing plans to comply with this legislation.
Since the establishment of your plan may well involve a site visit by a building inspection specialist, I suggest you do not wait until the last minute, since James, from Total Home Inspection Services, tells us he has experienced an increase in body corporate activity already.