Home Maintenance Plan

The South African government recently passed legislation forcing all sectional title schemes to put in place a ten year maintenance plan, something that freehold owners might want to have a close look at to protect their own properties.
This means being pro-active, stopping problems before they happen instead of waiting until you have an emergency that needs to be taken care of. Iím not talking about the outside paint and that dark spot where the dog rubbed against the wall, or the trees that need to be cut back because theyíre blocking out the sun. Iím talking about the nuts and bolts, the things that keep your house from falling apart completely.

Each year, begin with a maintenance review, review the maintenance work done over the past year(s) and assess whether it was:
1. Necessary and appropriate
2. Done to a high enough standard
3. Done in time

The plan should consist of a yearly inspection of your premises, during which you try to spot potential problems. To help in that regard, the following table will be helpful. Check your residence against the potential problems listed in the first column of this table.

Building elementYear
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Roof Covering: Rusting galvanized sheets, broken or slipped tiles, needs paint, other.
Inspected
Roof Drainage: Galvanised iron parts, cast iron parts, flashing, gutters, downpipes, other.
Inspected
Eaves: Timber, birdproofing, boring insect damage, water damage, other.
Inspected
Fabric: Galvanised iron, brickwork, timber, stone, other.
Inspected
Joinery: Windows, doors, other.
Inspected
Painting: General, window sills, door frames, balustrades, other.
Inspected
Services: Stormater, other.
Inspected
External works: Timber, steel, concrete, paving, bitumen paving, other.
Inspected
Other - urgent maintenance
Other - Non urgent maintenance


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