You’ve got a busy schedule and a busy life. You don’t have a whole lot of time to spend dwelling on things like the maintenance of your investment property. That’s why you need a clear-cut maintenance schedule planned out in advance to save you time and stress later down the track.

At Hutton & Hutton, we like to make your life as easy as possible, so we’ve compiled a maintenance schedule for you! This schedule template ensures that everything within your property remains above board and compliant and means you have peace of mind knowing your property is being well looked after.

It’s also something that can be handed on to your tenants so they know what is expected of them during their tenancy. Transparency and planning can only lead to positive outcomes for all!

(Credit: Jonathan Francisco on Unsplash) H & H want to help you stay on top of your property maintenance

Monthly Maintenance Schedule

  • Clean the faucets and showerheads of any build up.
    Your tenants can do this very easily.
  • Clean air conditioning vents of dust.
    By wiping down the filters in the air conditioners, not only is the air quality coming out of the unit better, your tenant will be saving themselves some money on electricity consumption when it comes to using the air conditioning! This is a quick 10-minute job that can be fulfilled by your tenant.
  • Check fire extinguishers (if applicable).
    This is something that will take your tenant less than 2 minutes to do. The inspection simply consists of ensuring there is ease of access to the extinguisher and that there is no wear and tear or signs of age that would impair use. If there is any damage, make sure your tenants know to contact the property manager handling your property.
  • Mow the lawns.
    Depending on your lease agreement, this task could fall to either you or your tenants. If it is your job to maintain the lawns and you can’t do it yourself, set up a schedule with a local company to have it done once a month. That way, it’s all organised and you don’t have to remember to call, schedule, and pay!

(Credit: Lisa Fotios) Whoever is responsible for the yard work at your property should be looking to do it once every 4-6 weeks, unless of course there have been heavy rains. In that case, it may be necessary to do them sooner

Quarterly Maintenance Schedule

  • Maintain the gardens.
    As with mowing the lawns, this job may fall to either you or your tenants. If it is your responsibility, you can arrange with your gardening company to have them spend extra time every season weeding, trimming, and cleaning up the garden beds. This will ensure they stay neat and tidy. Of course, if it’s storm season or there have been particularly heavy rains this may need to be done sooner.

(Credit: Lisa Fotios) Every 3 months whoever is mowing should also look at maintaining the garden beds

Annually – Winter 

  • Check for minor wear and tear.
    Since there isn’t much exterior use in the winter months, this is the perfect opportunity to look inside the property and fix any loose ends. Ask your tenant if they’ve noticed anything that could do with replacing such as loose handles and doorknobs, frayed carpet, or old paint. Alternatively, have your property manager do a detailed inspection and report back their recommendations for repairs.

(Credit: Rawpixels on Pexel) Winter is the perfect time for fixing up little things like chipped paint

Annually – Spring

  • Clean out the gutters.
    If you own a house, this is important especially coming into storm season. A blocked gutter can stop water flowing where it needs to and could cause leaks and flooding. Organise to hire someone to head out to your property and clean out the gutters and check they’re all ready for the rain and storms.
  • Consider having your air conditioner serviced.
    Check in with your tenants about the functioning of the air conditioning unit. If they believe it isn’t working to full capacity it may be time to have the unit serviced. It will be important to your tenants to have a working air conditioner during the QLD summers!
  • Replace any damaged fly screen.
    No one wants the cast of ‘A Bug’s Life’ in their living room, and no season is more bug-friendly than Australian summer. Have your tenants report any rips, tears, or damage to their fly screen in spring so you can get a head start on repairs.

(Credit: Oleg Koval on Unsplash) A working air conditioner in summer means a happy, comfortable tenant

Annually – Summer

  • Get an exterminator out.
    If your property continues to have bug problems even after you have repaired and sealed the place, it may be time to call in the professionals. Spiders, ants, cockroaches, silverfish, gnats, and weevils can all be taken care of in one fell swoop leaving your tenants relieved and comfortable in their home.
  • Check the deck for damage (if applicable).
    If you have a deck or a veranda that is a popular space for leisure in summer, definitely make sure it is in working order at the beginning of the season. Have your tenants report any holes, weakness, or rot early so you can get onto it. While your pest exterminator is out, have them check the property for termites as well. Better safe than sorry!
  • Check on the swimming pool (if applicable). If you have a pool that isn’t maintained by body corporate, the beginning of summer is the perfect time to ensure it’s adequately chlorinated, cleaned, and that all filters and pumps are working.

(Credit: Anna Demianenko on Unsplash) Summer is the time to make sure the pool is ready for use! Make sure it’s on your maintenance schedule

Annually – Autumn

  • Check the exterior of the property.
    If you don’t have time to look over it yourself, have your property manager to have a detailed look at the outside of the property. Have them report any wear and tear that may need sprucing up before the cold months hit. This is a great time to give the outside a fresh coat of paint or a pressure clean.
  • Make sure the hot water system is serviced.
    If your hot water system is not cared for by body corporate, now is the time to look at having it serviced. Make sure everything is in order so your tenants have access to hot water all winter. After all, there’s not much worse than cold showers in July!

(Credit: Kirsten Marie Ebbesen on Unsplash) Make sure your hot water system is in top shape for winter