With winter still sticking around for a while longer, it’s time to make sure your rental property is all set to weather the chilly months without a hitch. Here are some landlord-friendly tips to keep your property warm, cosy, and hassle-free during the winter season.
1. Heating System Check:
The heart of winter comfort? A well-oiled heating system! Don’t leave your tenants shivering—schedule a pro to give your boilers, radiators, and heaters a once-over. Make sure those thermostats are in tip-top shape, and ensure your tenants know how to work them like a pro. You might even want to share some tips on setting the thermostat just right—no frozen pipes, and no sky-high energy bills.
2. Insulation Assessment:
Proper insulation is your best friend when it comes to cosy winters and lower energy bills. Check your windows, doors, and anywhere else draught could sneak in. Reinforce that weather stripping, seal up any gaps, and if needed, invest in a bit more insulation. Good insulation keeps your tenants warm without cranking up the thermostat and helps save on energy costs.
3. Gutter and Roof Maintenance:
Don’t let the rain and snow cause havoc! Clear those gutters of leaves and debris, so water doesn’t back up and create a mess, or congeal and cause mould. Give your roof a quick check for any loose or damaged bits—it’ll save you from headaches later on. A well-maintained roof and gutters ensure water goes where it should, far away from your property’s foundation.
4. Plumbing Precautions:
Nobody likes dealing with burst pipes in the middle of winter. Insulate any exposed pipes in colder areas, and let your tenants know it’s important to keep things warm inside when the weather turns icy.
5. Outdoor Space Care:
Prepare those outdoor areas by tucking away patio furniture and garden gear. Trim any branches that could get weighed down by snow or ice and snap. If you’re feeling extra generous, provide tenants with some salt or grit to keep those pathways ice-free and prevent slips.
So there you have it, winter-ready landlords! With these tips, you’ll keep your property snug, cosy, and hassle-free all season long. Stay warm, stay safe, and enjoy the winter months with peace of mind.