My three golden rules to keep your tenants happy and your profits high

To ensure properties remain mould-free, ventilation is essential. It gets harder when winter sets in and people like to keep all their windows closed to make sure no heat escapes – hard as that is to accept – that’s what causes the problem .

Mold thrives in damp environments, so you’ll likely find buildup in the kitchen and bathroom, but also in the bedroom. The latter may surprise you, but it’s a common place where people dry laundry (which increases humidity) and also where on average you’ll add half a pint of water to the air while you sleep (and if you’re drying nine-quart clothes).

At its most basic, condensation is the moisture that forms when warm, moist air hits a cold surface. That’s why you’ll likely find them on your window panes, behind bulky furniture (which should always be kept a few inches from the wall), and in closets.

Like most things, prevention is better than cure. A window left slightly ajar to allow ventilation when sleeping, or by keeping the vents open, will soon see windows without condensation. The same goes for bathrooms and kitchens – opening a window while you shower or cook will reduce buildup. If you want to test this, moisture meters only cost a few pounds. It is also recommended to check that the exhaust fans are working properly and that they are set to run for at least ten minutes. Using anti-mold paint can also help prevent any problems before they occur.

But if you do become a victim of mold (and it happens to the best of us), early intervention is best to ensure the spores don’t spread. HG Mold Spray, in my opinion, is the best product on the market, although a solution of bleach and hot water will also work. Then it’s about ventilation, ventilation, ventilation.

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