If you are a landlord, there are some tasks that really should be completed as the wait for summer comes. It doesn’t matter whether you are a private owner or are a property management professional, following these tips will save you a lot of complaints, headaches, and most of all, money.
- Exterior Gaps Must be Covered – The loss of heat during winter is thanks to the many gaps that are littering your house exterior. All the doors, windows, pipes, conduits, and vents will have gaps in them and it’s up to you to fix them. Mice and pests will make their way inside and ruin your tenants’ food, among other things.
- Carry Out Some Preventative Heater Maintenance – Get your heaters (all of them) maintained before winter hits with a standard preventative maintenance procedure by a professional. Don’t forget to do a filter change as well as it will save you a whole heap of money down the line.
- Maintain the Attic Insulation – Take 5 minutes to poke your head up into the attic and use a flashlight to check it out. Routinely checking your attic is a great habit and will take you no time at all. When some serious issue does pop up, you’ll be glad that you found it earlier rather than later.
- Check the Roof – If there are any missing shingles or other problems then handling them in winter isn’t the safest or smartest idea. Get it done now and save the effort, time, and money later on. That’s what property management is all about.
- Get Those Gutters Cleaned – The build-up over fall is a problematic issue for your gutters as the leaves fall and collect. This can cause you serious clogging and water damage issues, along with being a haven for bacteria, mildew, mold, and other nasty issues.
- Get the Sprinklers Ready – If you have a lawn, you will want to take care of your sprinkler system (if you have one) before winter comes around and the leftover water starts to freeze and cause further issues when spring rolls by.
- Trim and Prune the Surroundings – Don’t let ice and snow build-up on your branches and then scratch or ding your house exterior. Prune and trim any branches that are reaching out and save yourself the heart-ache when winter arrives.
- Maintain Driveway/Walkway Cracks – Just through water freezing in your cracks, your driveway will become even worse with the cracks splitting further when spring arrives. Seal up any cracks on your walkways and driveways.
- Utilize Snow Removal – It’s easier to schedule your routine way before winter so you know that your properties will be kept clear of snow and ice. Focus your time on other more important things instead.
- Check Out Your Pipe Insulation. Cover any uninsulated pipes with some foam sleeves in order to keep them in good condition as the temperatures drop and your pipes freeze. If your pipes freeze then they have a high chance of bursting, costing you a bucket load to fix in the process.
- Make Sure the smoke/CO2 detectors are working. Check all of the smoke and CO2 detectors in the house and make sure they are working correctly as tenants keep their houses shut during the winter. You want to make sure they are safe as they sleep.
- Check (and Clean) the Ducts, This is more of a three to five-year maintenance routine but it still important nonetheless to keep heating costs down and extend your heating system’s lifespan. It will work much more efficiently than one that is ultimately ignored.
The Final Verdict for Doing Property Management for Landlords
These are all tasks that will take days at the most for each property in order to keep them maintained and prepared for winter. If you utilize different property management services then you won’t have to worry about it at all, but it will cost you a fair bit. In the end, it is up to you to decide how you tackle them but it is important that they all get done.