Preparing your property and tenants for wild weather

We are lucky enough to have some of the best weather conditions in the world, and summertime is considered by many to be the best time of year. But from October through to the end of March, the risk of a natural disaster occurring is significantly higher than any other time of year, which is why it’s important to be prepared for whatever Mother Nature can throw at us.

Recent extreme weather through the country has ignited the importance of being ready at any stage.

Thankfully, there is no shortage of information going around on how to prepare and be ready for extreme weather circumstances.

For property managers and landlords, knowing that tenants have quick access to information to keep themselves and the property in which they reside safe, is a welcome relief.

As well as maintaining your property, ensuring it is in good structural condition and is being looked after, the most important thing you can do as a property owner to get ready for the uncertainty of summertime weather, is to make sure your property’s insurance is up to date, paying particular attention to what is and is not covered in the event of a natural disaster.

Your property manager undertakes regular property inspections on your behalf to ensure that the property is in good condition. This also gives tenants an extra reminder to advise of any maintenance or repairs needed. If you are aware of any maintenance work required on your property, it is a good idea to action it before the high-risk season.

Some things your property manager will be taking close consideration of, particularly at this time of year include:

  • Well-maintained yard and garden
  • Debris around the property
  • Access to the property
  • General condition of the property – any damage to the structure of the property, such as corrosion, fittings, rotting, damage to gutters/downpipes

Other ways to prepare include having your property is fitted with a safety switch, which will automatically disconnect the supply of power in the event of a surge. This protection could prove lifesaving.

Storms, heatwaves, landslides, bushfires, cyclones and storm surges and floods can seem to appear from nowhere with little warning, which is why being prepared now will prove to be valuable if and when the unexpected occurs.