Now that we’re starting to see more Spring sunshine, many Victorian homeowners will be thinking about outdoor entertaining. That makes this an ideal time to check what the Winter may have done to our outdoor living areas and to undertake some timely deck maintenance.
Many building organisations and home safety specialists advise that a common source of home injuries in the lead-up to Summer are a result of rotting timbers in decks and balconies. Your deck has been out in the weather throughout Winter, so the additional damp and effects of cold weather can have an impact after just a few months. Unfortunately, the first time that a homeowner might become aware of this is when a few friends gather for the first barbecue of the season, and the timber starts to give way!
Check your deck this week
To put your mind at ease, it’s worth taking a good look at the timber and joinery of your deck, looking for any signs of rotting timbers, separating joins or even rusting nails. If you are unsure, considering getting a builder or a building inspector to take a look. You can also consider replacing any compromised nails with screws, and removing any built-up moss that people may slip on.
The dangers of ignoring your deck
As you may be aware, balcony collapses have resulted in several injuries and deaths around Australia in recent years. Key industry bodies like the Architect’s Institute have advised that “The legal and insurance issues that can follow a balcony or deck collapse can be all-consuming, especially if a coronial or insurance investigation finds that the deck or balcony has been illegally built or badly maintained”.
With this in mind, it is important to take care when attending to deck maintenance or even if you are building your own deck or balcony. If you tackle these jobs without the right approvals and techniques, you could potentially be creating a serious legal headache for yourself further down the track.
Don’t let your deck ruin a sale
Timely property maintenance is just one of the factors that can affect your result when you sell your property. If you need experienced and objective advice to help you avoid many of the other traps that can affect your property sale, our team at Ian Reid Vendor Advocates is more than ready to assist. You can call us on 1300 400 400 for obligation-free advice, and you’ll find lots of helpful tips in our free booklet, “FATAL REAL ESTATE TRAPS EXPOSED”, so feel free to download a copy while you’re here.