So where exactly should you start, what exactly should you be checking? Keep reading to discover!
Interior Railings and Stairs
- Stair railings should be securely fastened, at the correct height, and have good surface condition.
- Stair steps should be covered with non-slip coating.
Walls and Ceilings
- Make sure that walls and ceilings are free of holes, cracks, stains or other signs of abnormal wear.
- Smoke detectors should sound functional (checked with the test button) and detect smoke (checked with a match or candle).
- Baseboard heaters should have sufficient clearance (4″) and no objects too close.
- Electrical connections in good condition.
- Thermostats that work properly.
Interior and Exterior Lighting
- There should be no burnt-out bulbs in common areas.
- Lighting systems should not overheat.
- Electrical panels and transformers should be free of obstructions and stored in a room that is locked at all times with a temperature setting of 18°C.
- A visible evacuation plan should be clearly indicated in the corridors of each floor of the apartment building. This is mandatory for buildings with 9 or more units and/or 3 or more floors.
- Check that flooring seams are in good condition. Note that it is normal for hardwood floor boards to pull apart in the winter; this phenomenon will resolve itself once summer arrives.
- Scraper grates and mats should be in front of the entrance doors.
Roof and Gutters
- The roof should be watertight and free of sagging, soft spots and blisters. Remember to plan for regular snow removal during the winter to avoid heavy snow accumulation.
- Also check for:
– Watertight pipes and ducts.
– Watertight metal flashings and joints.
– Eavestroughs that are watertight and cleaned of all residue and foliage.
– Downspouts that keep water away from the foundation at the outlet.
- Ensure that your ventilation system is functional and routinely clean the system and filters. For this delicate maintenance, it is recommended to call an expert.
Landscaping and Garden Furniture
- Snow fences should be installed to protect hedges, shrubs and young trees.
- Outdoor furniture and games should be stored or protected by tarps.