An Investors Checklist To Winterizing Your Property
While the lease does dictate tenant responsibilities in regards to winterizing, remember it is your investment, not theirs. Often these items go ignored. Colonial Property Management contracts tenant and homeowner repairs/maintenance on your behalf however, at the homeowners request. We can provide an estimate at your request for any of the following items.
Autumn leaves have fallen, and now it’s time to give the gutters a good cleaning to ensure they function properly throughout the wet winter season. (Tenants are encouraged to not do any maintenance that requires a ladder, due to the liability for the homeowner in the event of a fall).
Wrap any un-insulated pipes to ensure they won’t freeze or burst when the temperature drops. Be sure to detach any garden hoses and cover outdoor spigots as well.
While you’re on the ladder cleaning the gutters, visually inspect the roof for loose or missing shingles. Due to the importance of the roof, it’s recommended that you have a licensed, certified roofing professional inspect yearly.
Prune Trees & Shrubs
Heavy snow and ice on branches can weigh them down dangerously, causing breakages that could harm residents or create obstacles. Check your property for any vegetation in need of a trim before the cold weather hits full-force.
Check the Water Heater
Experts suggest you flush the water heater every 2 years to control mineral build-ups from causing damage or reducing efficiency. An old one will need extra care, plan to schedule a repair or replacement.
Seal windows and doors to insulate against winter weather, keeping the heating costs down and keeping moisture out.
Caulking and sealing openings is one of the least expensive maintenance jobs. Openings in the structure can cause water to get in and freeze, resulting in cracks and mold build up.
Prep Your Attic
Cold weather brings critters seeking the warmth of a basement or attic. To prevent an infestation, caulk small holes and cover large holes with hardware cloth. Check your attic’s insulation to prevent ice damming on your roof, which can lead to damage and expensive repairs.
Remember that property maintenance is vital any time of year, but during the inclement weather that autumn and winter can bring, it should be a priority. A little work can go a long way to prevent a disaster, keep your tenants happy, and ensure the rental property is fully protected.
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