Property Owners Maintenance Checklist

Red Dog Property Inspections has crafted a straightforward yet valuable maintenance checklist for property owners. We encourage you to incorporate this checklist into your regular maintenance routine. However, it’s crucial to note that this checklist should not be a substitute for a comprehensive building inspection conducted by a licensed and experienced Red Dog Property Consultant.

Our checklist provides insights into various building defects that can affect roofs, the interior of roofs, and the spaces underneath houses. Nevertheless, we strongly advise against attempting to inspect these areas on your own. They should only be assessed by a professional who is well-versed in the physical and environmental hazards associated with such confined and potentially perilous spaces.

If you require a comprehensive report, our team of qualified professionals can provide assessments covering building integrity, termite and timber pest issues as well as asbestos or mould concerns. Your safety and the property’s well-being are our top priorities.

Interior of House:

Ceilings:

  • Check for sagging, protruding nails, faulty ceiling lining, plaster damage, and any visible cracking.
  • Look for damp areas, water leaks, or discolouration that may indicate hidden moisture issues.

Walls:

  • Inspect for signs of bulging or bowing, protruding nails, faulty wall lining, and cracks of any size.
  • Examine walls for rising dampness, distortion, and issues with verticality.
  • Check for drummy plaster and render.

Timber Floors:

  • Look for damage, decay, sponginess, and signs of termite or damp damage.
  • Check for unevenness, springiness, cupping, and gaps between floorboards.
  • Examine for dampness and any unusual floor movements.

Concrete Floors:

  • Inspect for cracks, damage to the surface finish, unevenness, and any signs of concrete cancer.

Tiled Floors:

  • Check for uneven tiling, variations in tile height, drummy-sounding tiles, and missing or cracked tiles.
  • Look for missing tile grout.

Carpeted Floors:

  • Examine for signs of dampness or water damage.

Windows and Doors:

Timber Windows:

  • Check for deteriorated or missing putty, broken glass, and faulty sash operation.
  • Inspect for missing or damaged window hardware and signs of wood rot.

Metal-Framed Windows:

  • Look for broken or missing seals, ineffective sash operation, and signs of water staining, corrosion, or rust.

Doors and Frames:

  • Inspect doors for binding or jamming, defective hardware, and decayed or corroded frames.
  • Check for wood rot affecting timber doors and frames, as well as any damage or delamination.

Benchtops, Cabinetry, Sinks, and Taps:

  • Examine benchtops and cabinetry for delamination, swelling, chipping, and damaged sealant.
  • Check sinks and taps for leaks, failing sealant, and the need for washer replacement.

Water Supply and Drainage:

  • Evaluate water supply for proper operation, water pressure, and drainage.
  • Look for any evidence of water hammer or drainage issues.

Tiling and Wet Areas:

  • Inspect tiling in kitchens, baths, and wet areas for loose, cracked, or damaged tiles.
  • Check for missing sealant and grouting, as well as signs of moisture in adjacent walls.

Toilets:

  • Examine the cistern and pan for cracks or leaks and ensure proper installation and stability.
  • Check the flushing mechanism and cistern refill.

Showers and Baths:

  • Inspect for damage to bath or shower recess.
  • Ensure proper sealing of junctions between shower/bath and related walls.
  • Check for signs of water damage, leaks, and the condition of shower screens.

Bathrooms:

  • Assess ventilation and check mirrors for cracks, discolouration, and chipping.

Stairs:

  • Evaluate the stability of stair components, including stringers, handrails, balusters, treads, and risers.
  • Ensure proper construction and spacing of steps and stairs.

Interior Roof Space:

  • Caution that this area may have potential hazards.
  • Inspect for physical damage, deterioration, or modifications to the roof framing.
  • Check for the presence and condition of sarking, party walls, and insulation.

Remember that while this checklist is valuable for routine maintenance, professionals should handle potentially hazardous areas like the interior roof space. For in-depth assessments, consult qualified experts who can provide comprehensive reports, covering various aspects of your property’s condition. This checklist can be a useful tool in maintaining your property’s overall health and addressing issues promptly.

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