Informational site and news bulletin for Red Island and the surrounding Placentia Bay area. This site is sponsored by the Council of Red Island, a group of community members and local board officials who have an interest in reviving this great historical community.
Info Guide: Maintaining your Red Island property:
Red Island has a very unique climate and location which make property maintenance quite a challenge for owners and managers. Whether you run a vacation timeshare, or live here year round, the Council have put together this quick guide to maintaining your property to protect both yourself and your investments.
The first consideration to make is whether your home is a historical property. Free evaluation inspections are available by request from the Red Island Trust, a local non-profit dedicated to preserving historical landmarks and local history for Red Island. If your home is indeed of historical significance, you’ll want to make sure you take the time to consult a historical building expert before you make any modifications or consider your maintenance plan.
Red Island’s geographic location puts it at particular risk of flooding and washouts. The island frequently experiences the brunt of coastal storms, and is overall less temperate than some of the other parts of Northeastern Canada’s seaboard. Make sure you have a sump pump installed in your basement, and have an inspection carried out for water damage.
Mold from horizontal rains, flooding, and pervasive fog poses another maintenance challenge. The Council recommends having a pressure washer onsite to clean clapboards, siding, decks, and other vulnerable wood areas. Make sure you do your cleaning on a windy day if possible, to allow for optimal drying. If you need more information on cleaning with a pressure washer, or would like to find more purchasing advice, the Council recommends reading electric pressure washer reviews. We also recommend having a dehumidifier in the house, usually the basement is the best location.
Regardless of whether you’re managing a rental property or living here year-round, it’s important to make sure you’ve got tools onsite. If there’s inclement weather or any other emergency, driving out from Red Island can be treacherous. The Council’s recommendation is to have a basic toolbox with a power drill onsite. That can be useful to attach storm boards for gale conditions, as well as other projects.
Finally, while insurance is optional in many parts of the country, it’s simply a fact of life here in Red Island. Get an appraisal, and have an engineer come for an inspection so you can see if there are any immediate risk factors that might be easily addressed.