The weather over the past week or two has certainly confirmed that Winter has arrived with a vengeance! With several parts of Victoria being impacted by flooding, many Victorians will be turning their attention towards roof maintenance.
If you haven’t done so already, it is important to check that your roof is ready for the rain that the next few months will bring, with a particular focus on cleaning gutters, checking for broken tiles and generally making sure that all is in order and waterproof.
However, before you pull out a ladder and start climbing, keep in mind that each year, an alarming number of Australians are badly injured (or worse) whilst climbing ladders or working on a roof. So, in the interests of keeping all our readers safe, we thought this might be a good opportunity to share a few tips on completing all those roof maintenance tasks in safety.
Safer roof maintenance tips
- Avoid tackling a rooftop job by yourself. It is important to have someone assisting who can hold the ladder, pass you the tools you need and, if things go wrong, call for assistance if needed!
- If your roof is steeply pitched, give some thought to hiring a professional who has experience as well as insurance.
- Always use a sound and sturdy ladder, and make sure you set it up on level, stable ground.
- Wear non-slip shoes with soles that won’t damage your roof. This is especially important if you have roof tiles that are easily cracked.
- Choose your day wisely. If it’s windy or raining you’d be wise to focus on other tasks at ground level.
- If you do have a brittle roof, (a common issue with older terra cotta tiles for example), extreme care is needed to avoid further damage.
- Above all, always err on the side of caution. If you are uncomfortable with heights, don’t feel safe or are simply unsure of what you are doing, climb down and get someone else who does this for a living.
Of course, if you’re not sure what roof maintenance tasks need to be tackled, always seek professional advice. But if you’d like some more specific tips on how to present your home for sale, either now or later in the year, the team at Ian Reid Buyer and Vendor Advocates are always happy to help. You’ll also find lots of helpful tips in our booklet, “Fatal Real Estate Traps Exposed”, so why not get your FREE copy while you’re here on the website.
Alternatively, you can have a hard copy sent to you in the mail. Just give our friendly Customer Service team a call on 9430 0000.