Property Management

Property Management

property managementHartley Services provides a full suite of facilities, energy and project management services throughout England and Wales. We offer planned and reactive maintenance services to the domestic, commercial and industrial built environment portfolio.

The Company is structured to truly meet our customers’ needs – whatever and wherever they are.  We believe that there is a market in providing a trustworthy service with an emphasis on quality and attention to detail.  This is why we have many repeat clients that place their trust in us time and time again. We carry out work ranging from planned and reactive works to small residential clients to the large corporate sectors.

Hartley Services are also experts in the specialist area of mechanical and electrical maintenance, including plant and boiler maintenance. 

With offices and a dedicated team of tradesman covering wide areas of England and Wales this easily allows us to be in a strong position to provide reactive maintenance with an acute sense of urgency and makes us ideally located to undertake planned and reactive works across the M4 belt. This aspect of our organisation is also covered by our out-of-hours service which has a dedicated team readily available to mobilise as promptly as required.

 We only use our own call centre. OPEN 24/7/365  0800 122 3244

10 Minute Home MOT

house inspection

1. Do you have a chimney? • is it leaning? • is there any growth coming from the top? • can you see if there is any mortar missing from the joints? All of these can lead to potential problems.

2. Check your roof covering. • if it is covered with tiles or slates, are any slipped or missing? Look out for tile debris and pieces of tile lying on the ground - these can be tell-tale signs of problem areas allowing rain to enter and cause rot very quickly.

3. Look at the ridge tiles along the top of your roof. • are they all there? • are there gaps where they join each other - i.e. can you see daylight through the joints? Gaps may indicate a need to repoint the ridge tiles.

4. Check your gutters. • are they leaking at joints? • do they overflow? • are they catching water from the roof or is it running down the wall? Looking at your gutters on a rainy day is by far the best.

5. Behind the gutters are the soffit and fascias and at the end of the roof quite often there are barge boards. If they are made of timber check if they need painting as bare wood rots quickly.

6. Are your rainwater pipes working? • are they cracked? • are they fixed securely? • are they blocked with things like leaves, twigs, tennis balls and even dead birds? Green algae or vegetation on adjacent walls is a common sign that there is a problem.

7. If your windows and doors are made of timber they need painting every three to five years. • is there bare wood especially on the sills and the lower parts of the opening sashes? Regular painting provides protection.

8. Look at the bottom of the rainwater pipes to check the gullies. • have they been regularly cleaned? • are they working properly? If not they can cause dampness where the build-up enables water to penetrate a wall and, possibly, cause subsidence.

9. Check all growth against the building especially trees bushes and ivy • have you removed, cut back and pruned carefully where necessary? These items growing on a wall can also cause dampness and structural damage.

10. If your 10-Minute Home MOT has identified problems contact Hartley Contracting Services Limited for free quotation.

 

Gas Safety - Top 10 Tips

gas hob1. Have your gas appliances checked yearly. If you are on a means tested benefit, pension age or chronically sick or disabled you may be entitled to go on your energy companies Priority Services Register which will entitle you to a free annual gas safety check. Find out whether you could benefit by getting in touch with your energy company.

2. Always check that an engineer is Gas Safe registered. It is against the law for anyone to do work on gas appliances in the United Kingdom, Isle of Man or Guernsey unless they are on the Gas Safe Register. Always check that an engineer is Gas Safe registered before you let them work in your home on the Gas Safe Register website or by calling 0800 408 5500. Registered gas engineers will have a Gas Safe ID card There are different kinds of registration - for example, someone may be registered to work on your boiler or pipework, but they might not be qualified to install a gas fire. You can check what kind of work they are qualified to do on the back of their card.

3. It's illegal for someone who works for a Gas Safe-registered business to do private work. Hiring someone who normally works for a reputable firm, but is doing some extra work 'on the side' isn't the good idea it might seem - it's actually illegal.

4. Report anyone who you suspect of working on gas illegally. If you think someone is working on gas illegally, report them to the Gas Safe Register and they will investigate their work.

5. Nominate your gas work for an inspection. If you've had gas work done in the last six months, you can nominate it for a free gas safety inspection from Gas Safe to make sure it's up to scratch.

6. If you move house, get your appliances tested. If you move into a new home, don't assume the appliances are safe - get everything checked by a Gas Safe registered engineer.

7. Know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. Know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning - it could save your life:

  • headaches
  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • breathlessness
  • collapse or loss of consciousness
  • symptoms which disappear or get better when you leave home and come back when you return
  • other people (and animals) experiencing the same symptoms at the same time

 

8. Know what to do if you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning:

  • get fresh air immediately - open the doors and windows
  • turn off any gas appliances and turn the gas off at the meter
  • extinguish naked flames
  • leave the house
  • see your doctor immediately or go to hospital - let them know that you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning
  • call the Gas Emergency Helpline on 0800 111 999 if you think there's any danger


9. Check for warning signs that your appliances may not be working properly:

  • the flame on your gas cooker should be crisp and blue. Lazy yellow or orange flames mean you need to get your cooker checked
  • you may see soot or black marks or staining around or on gas appliances
  • your pilot lights may go out frequently
  • you may see increased condensation inside your windows

10. Get an audible carbon monoxide alarm. You can't taste, smell or see carbon monoxide, so an alarm is a good way to protect yourself. Carbon monoxide alarms look like a smoke alarm and are easy to install and should cost under £50. Make sure the alarm you buy has a British or European approval mark on it, such as a Kitemark. Please contact Hartley Services and we can arrange for one of our Gas Safe Engineers to visit .