Since the bulk of our business is finding investment loans for property investors in Perth, we would like to remind you that late autumn is the perfect time to improve your rental property for winter. Here are six essential home improvements to keep your tenants happy this winter.
Fix That Roof
Leaks make it more difficult to keep a home warm in the winter. Make sure your roof is free of gaps and holes.
Check the Gutters
Autumn is beautiful but those golden leaves can wreak havoc with your gutters and spouts. Make sure there are no cracks, holes or blockages. You may want to install mesh guards to protect your gutters.
Check Your Heating
Nothing makes tenants more irate than heating that doesn’t work. A faulty heating system can also be a fire hazard, so can the “workarounds” tenants do if the heater suddenly stops working. Better safe than sorry.
A fresh coat of paint can keep a house looking great all year. Autumn is a great time to take care of it. The temperatures allow you to ventilate your home and are optimum for paint drying.
Fix Gaps in Doors and Windows
As with the roof, gaps in doors and windows can make heating and cooling difficult. This not only makes your tenant pay more money for heating and cooling, it also makes your heating and cooling systems work harder. Seal off the doors and windows. If you feel the home needs more insulation, do it now. You may also want to install double glazed windows instead of single glazed.
Let There Be Light
There is less light in autumn and winter, making it important to maximise what is there. Light helps keep the house warm and also wards off Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). You may want to prune any trees around the windows. You may want to replace blinds with translucent curtains.