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Clearing out the gutter clutter

February 20, 2024

 Clearing Out the Gutter Clutter

In the realm of Property Management, preserving the integrity and appeal of your property is a paramount responsibility for landlords. This includes a range of upkeep activities, with a prominent emphasis on annual exterior washing of the property and gutter cleaning. Given New Zealand's multifarious weather conditions, properties are subject to a variety of environmental elements that can lead to significant damage if neglected.


This blog aims to enlighten landlords on the importance of these annual maintenance activities, delving into the intricacies of why they are crucial and how they can ultimately impact the longevity and value of your property.


In the diverse geographical regions of New Zealand, properties are subjected to a panoply of weather conditions. These include wind, rain, and sun, each of which can leave a lasting imprint on the exterior of your property. Elements like dirt, dust, and debris can accumulate on the walls, roofs, and windows, leading to fading paintwork and a generally worn-out façade. Furthermore, if your property is located close to larger populated towns or suburbs, it may be more susceptible to faster accumulation of grime, leading to discoloration and potential damage to the exterior.


An annual house wash is a powerful preventative measure to combat these issues. It can effectively remove built-up grime and debris, restoring the visual appeal of your property and ensuring its market value is preserved. In addition, annual cleaning can mitigate the growth of mildew and mould, both of which can trigger allergies and respiratory issues among occupants.


Professional house washing services can ensure your property's exterior is thoroughly and efficiently cleaned using methods that are both safe and highly effective, safeguarding the exterior of your property from potential damage.


In addition to maintaining the aesthetic appeal of your property, gutters play a pivotal role in protecting the structural integrity of your home. They collect and direct rainwater away from the house, thereby preventing water seepage into the walls—an issue that can lead to mould growth, structural rot, and decay. However, the utility of gutters can be compromised by the accumulation of debris, including leaves, twigs, and dirt, which can obstruct the system and cause water overflow, leading to potential damage to the roof and foundation.


The importance of annual gutter cleaning is therefore underscored, ensuring they work optimally and prevent water damage to your property. Professional gutter cleaning services can provide thorough and efficient cleaning, significantly reducing the risk of water damage to your property.


The merits of annual house washing, and gutter cleaning are numerous. Not only do these activities help preserve the appearance and functionality of your property, thereby protecting its market value, but they also prevent costly water damage, reduce potential health risks from mould and mildew, and prevent expensive repairs down the line by identifying issues early.


The question arises: why hire a professional? While some landlords may opt for DIY house washing and gutter cleaning, engaging professionals ensures the job is done safely, effectively, and comprehensively. With their expertise and experience, professional cleaners can employ safe and efficient cleaning methods that won't cause damage to your property.


At The Rent Shop, we collaborate with professional tradespeople who specialize in these maintenance activities and can undertake them on an annual basis.

We are pleased to inform you that we will soon be releasing details of a service tailored for landlords seeking to ensure annual servicing of rental properties.


Should you require further assistance or advice concerning your property management needs, please contact our Business Development Team on 09 555 9100 or your assigned Property Manager for any queries or concerns.

Sharon Bradley
General Manager of Licensees/Training