How to Prepare Your Rental Property for Winter

The cold season is here once again! Besides fixing broken pipes and leaking roofs, you have to start working on how to protect your rental property from the damaging effects of the winter elements like snow, wind, and ice. Through the right preventative maintenance, you can avoid unwanted and expensive tenant injuries by preparing early. Furthermore, it helps you save your rental income in the bank in the long run—plus, there’s less stress for you!

Here are some tips on how to prepare your rental property for winter.

Seal the house.

Leaks that come from hidden places in your property can let cold air enter into the house. Even with all the windows and doors closed, it would be as if you have your windows and doors open with the draft sneaking in. Check the windows and entry doors for weather-stripping and/or caulking. Replace them if necessary. Check for gaps and cracks in the attic and basement. Close the vents to keep pipes from freezing.

Avoid broken water pipes.

Turn off outside faucets and don’t let them freeze in winter. Insulate them for extra protection. When pipes freeze, water flow can be blocked and the expansion can cause pipes to burst. It’s not fun to deal with this on a cold winter day. To be safe, insulate outdoor pipes, pipes that run along exterior walls or through crawl spaces with foam rubber sleeves or fiberglass.

Check and maintain house equipment.

Dirt and neglect may cause the heating system in your property to malfunction. Call up a licensed contractor to check your heater for safety, as well as efficiency. The cost of professional heating and air services may be more than usual because its peak season, and it may be hard to make an appointment. Consider signing up for automatic annual or semi-annual maintenance checkups.  In addition, clean or change the heater’s air filter once a month to keep the energy costs low and the system working like new.

Prevent water from leaking into the house.

Check the roof and siding to make sure that there are no leaks and they are well-maintained. Use binoculars to check if there are missing or damaged shingles and siding. If your property has an attic and basement, see if there are signs of water. Water leaves a mark darker than the item it dried on. Fix this problem before it gets bigger.

Make sure that all plumbing fixtures are in order.

Check the toilets, sinks, tubs, showers, and hot water heaters for leaks. Fix even the smallest leaks because they can get bigger and cause more damage.

Test smoke detectors.

Press the button to see if the alarm works. It will also be a good practice to light up a match to check the smoke detector. Some older units do not detect smoke even if they test well. Make sure that the batteries are in good working condition to ensure the safety of your rental property and your tenants.

Arrange for snow-removal services.

Consider the safety of your tenants and pedestrians. Arrange for snow and ice removal services before the first snow hits the ground.

About the Author: This post was provided by Andrea from Seaside Vacations, a premier vacation rental agency helping travelers to find the perfect Myrtle Beach winter rentals to suit their needs budget.

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