"Whether you're a home buyer or a property investor, there is exceptional value on offer now in almost every price bracket in SA - and thankfully for the property market, these opportunities are also accessible to an unusually high number of purchasers because of the low-interest rates," says Berry Everitt, CEO of the Chas Everitt International property group.
Owning a second property on the coast close to all the attractions is a major drawcard, but also needs a lot of upkeep. Especially if you are only able to visit your home a few times a year. Maintaining and servicing your home on a regular basis is not only a way to keep your property in tip-top shape, but will also improve the market value of your property. Regular maintenance will save you money long term, and will prevent a nasty surprise when something goes wrong.
Here is a checklist of things to inspect for maintenance regularly:
Check anything that opens and closes
Unexpected coastal weather during any season can cause damage to fences, walls and gates while moisture and dampness in the air can cause doors, windows and even locks to malfunction. Inspecting and addressing these issues as soon as possible will ensure that you save money in the long run by not needing to replace them when it is too late.
Check plumbing regularly
Avoid bigger plumbing issues by checking for leaks or blockages in areas that require water. This includes your irrigation systems, indoor and outdoor taps, washing machines, showers, baths, and basins. This is also a good time to inspect your roof for broken, missing or loose tiles. Broken or missing tiles can cause leakage in your ceiling while loose tiles can blow off in strong winds and damage your property.
Look out for mold, dampness or rotting wood
Check walls and furnishings for mold build-up or dampness, especially where paint is starting to peel. Check all wooden windows, door frames and door edges for wood rot. By repairing these you prevent cold air and water from entering your home and damaging other items or appliances.
Check electrical appliances and sockets
Damp and cold weather could cause moisture to build up in electrical appliances and wall sockets. By checking them one by one, you can be assured that they are in proper working condition. If you have concerns then you should contact your electrician to execute a full inspection of your electrical system.