What do landlords need to keep in mind during holiday time?

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Family, friends, and colleagues are filled with cheer and ready to celebrate the festive season. Before everyone dives into the holiday period we thought it would be a good idea to highlight some holiday tips for property owners.

Book a pre-Christmas inspection
Irrespective of whether your tenant is taking a festive break, a pre-Christmas property inspection through your property manager is a good idea – especially if it has been a few months since your last inspection. This will give you a chance to address any of your tenant’s concerns and compile a list of essential pre-Christmas maintenance. Getting these done before Christmas will help your tenant remain safe and comfortable. 

Make sure you know your property manager’s festive period hours
Make sure that you and your tenants know your property manager’s opening hours and that you have a dedicated emergency contact.

Check your maintenance list twice
There are certain things specific to summer that your property will need to be ready for the warmer weather. Clean gutters so they are clear in the event of heavy rains as summer can mean thunderstorms. UV window film can help prevent fading on carpets, wood floors and curtains and is well worth the investment. Wooden windows can expand and contract.  Double-check that they are in good shape with latches and joints oiled to prevent them from breaking off as people open and close them. Insects including ants and cockroaches can come alive during the summer months. Spraying and setting preventative traps can prevent infestations. 

Holiday decor damages
We all love the sparkle and style that the season invites via twinkling lights, tinsel, and trees. Keep in mind though that nails into walls for decorations or a wood balcony to hang lights can cause serious damage that can be costly to repair. You may want to think about gifting your tenants' non-damaging plastic hooks that they can use for their holiday decor. You can also provide a durable bit of plastic for placement under real trees. This waterproof piece of plastic to prevent warping or staining the floor from watering. The same thing goes for carpet so stains and mould don’t occur.  

Santa says, “safety first”
Unfortunately, there can be an increase in crime around Christmas. Burglars know that there can be expensive gifts under the tree and that people will leave for days at a time making it a prime time for break-ins. You may want to invest in some window locks and motion detector lights that will make the property more secure.  

Don’t overlook your everyday greenery
You may have spent lots of time and effort (not to mention money) on flowers, trees, herbs, and other plants. The New Zealand sun can be brutally hot and dry up plants in a day or two. There may be a neighbourhood child that would leap at the chance to make a little holiday pay for presents by watering your plants and lawn every day. Just make sure your tenants are aware of your hydration plan and that it does not disturb them.

Spread a Little Festive Cheer
Last, but not least, send your tenants a Christmas card and maybe an appropriate gift. Your property manager at Barfoot & Thompson can arrange this on your behalf. Sincere Christmas wishes will help to cement your landlord/tenant relationship – and that is one of the keys to keeping good tenants for longer. 

We wish you a safe and happy holiday season!  Don’t hesitate to contact your property manager for more advice on keeping your home or apartment safe and secure during the festive period.

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