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Keeping your property warm and dry this winter

With shorter days and cold nights, it is apparent winter has arrived. We thought we would take the opportunity to run through some tips to keep warm and dry, as well as heatpump installation, which always increases at this time of year.

Tips for keeping your property warm and dry over winter

● Ventilate your home by opening doors and windows regularly to allow fresh air in. Good ventilation is important for maintaining healthy indoor air, and reducing the amount of moisture in your property will make it easier to heat. If you have tenants, or others living in your home, encourage them to maintain good ventilation.

● Dehumidifiers are excellent at collecting moisture, ensuring dryer healthier air, less condensation and preventing mould and mildew from forming. If you have tenants, it is a good idea to provide them with a dehumidifier in order to protect your property, as well as promoting healthier living conditions.

Are you thinking about installing a heatpump?

If you require heating in your property and are thinking about getting a heatpump, you firstly need to check your Body Corporate Rules. In some buildings, this may not be possible due to rules around the exterior look of the building and historical significance etc. Contact the Committee or Body Corporate Manager to confirm if heat pump installation is allowed and to discuss any specific requirements around installation, such as placement. This usually involves having a plan drawn up of how the building would be affected to present to the committee and then installation can go ahead upon written permission.

For rental properties

If you’re a property investor and you’ve got a change of tenancy over winter, you have a better chance of finding tenants quickly and keeping them for longer if your property is well-insulated, well-ventilated and inexpensive to heat. These properties are easier to market and can attract a higher rent.

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