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And just like that, storm season is back, which means now is the time to ensure your property is ready and tenants are prepared.

Extreme weather can come out of nowhere, creating a lot of damage and devastation quickly and with very little warning. While we can’t control the weather, there are things we can do to get prepared in the lead up to damaging conditions and reduce the resultant devastation to our properties.

Ensuring your tenants are aware of what they need to do around the property to get storm ready will help to reduce damage caused. Good advice for your property manager to share with them includes:

  • Keeping an eye on gutters and advising the property manager if they thing there is a concern.
  • Notify the property manager if concerned about any overhanging branches.
  • Keep an eye on any general debris around the property, and remove or alert property manager.
  • Secure large items.
  • Advise of any damage as soon as possible.
  • Have back up radio and torch batteries on hand, in case of loss of power.
  • Keep away from windows and switch off any unnecessary digital devices throughout the storm.
  • Do not go near fallen power lines.

If your tenants are new to the area, it may be beneficial to advise them of what to expect during storm season and where to find assistance if needed.

Your property manager conducts regular inspections to ensure your property is in good condition.

Property owners are responsible for ensuring any damage and repairs are taken care of, while tenants are responsible for the general maintenance of the property. In some cases enlisting the help of professionals is advisable and/or necessary, such as when removing overhanging branches or threatening trees from around the property, and the property manager may organise this.

If you are concerned how your property will fare this storm season, have your property manager check it over to identify anything that may need attention.

And lastly, if you haven’t reviewed your property’s insurance details recently, now may be a good time to do so to ensure you’re covered if your property receives storm damage.