Recent Articles by The Showers
Most of us like to think that we’re pretty handy when it comes to DIY around the house. We’ll tackle almost any household repair after getting tips from a quick Google search and a couple of YouTube videos. For most DIY tasks this is a reasonable strategy but there are some household repairs and maintenance jobs that are best left to the experts.
For investment property owners and mangers the end financial year is the perfect time to ensure that properties are in the best condition while maximising the profitability of their investment. Undertaking necessary repairs and maintenance can increase legitimate tax deductions for an investment property and at the same time ensure that value is retained or even increased.
Replacing an old bath / shower combination is easier than you might imagine. Nothing dates a bathroom more than a combination shower over bath rather than a stand alone shower recess. While these were commonly built in single bathroom homes and units from the 1960’s to the 1990’s they can be less than practical today.
Last week we were asked to inspect a shower where the homeowner had found a couple a cracked tiles. The fault didn’t seem to be too serious on the surface in fact, the owner told us that the tiles had been cracked for a couple of years and he’d been meaning to have them repaired.
There’s no hiding a bathroom in need of refurbishment or renovation. Dated tiles, failed and mouldy grout, inefficient use of space and peeling paint. These are all pretty standard in older bathrooms across Australia no matter how well they’ve been looked after.
Australians buy and sell their homes more frequently than in most other countries, in a very real sense we are a nation on the move with Aussie families only staying in their home for about 8.5 years. Because a home is the most valuable investment many people make over their lifetime, it is common practice that a thorough inspection be carried out by qualified building inspectors before a new home is purchased.
About a year ago we were asked to provide a property manager with a quote to repair a leaking shower. The shower was in a luxury townhouse in a popular Brisbane inner city suburb.
A Shower Dr tradesperson inspected the shower recess and found a few cracked and loose tiles, some missing grout and failing silicone. Our technician diagnosed the most probable cause of the leak to be a failure of the waterproof membrane possibly due to movement in the building.
The shower is probably your first port of call when you get up in the morning and most likely the last place you visit at the end of the day before jumping into bed. So why do we pay them such little attention when it comes to maintenance?
When property managers are asked what the most difficult part of their work is, they almost invariably reply “maintenance and repairs”. Their greatest challenge is keeping both tenant and property owner happy when repairs and maintenance have to organised, managed and undertaken.
Nothing causes a home-owner more anxiety than the possibility of a termite infestation. I write from experience as my family live in a 110 year old timber home that we spent 15,000 dollars repairing after finding termites nesting in the lower level a few years ago. We discovered several termite colonies when some timber wall framing disintegrated when our son tried to hang a poster on the wall of his bedroom. Needless to say, well timber had encouraged the termites to invade our home.
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