Property managers should take necessary precautions to winterize the rental property. The preparation is essential for tenants’ comfort and reduction of energy bills. You will spend less money and time on roofing, repairs, and plumbing when spring comes. Below are things you need to do to prepare your rental properties for winter.
Blocking Drafts from Doors and Windows
Air leaks allow cold air to enter the room, lowering the temperatures. Installing storm doors and windows creates a barrier against the wind. Application of caulking and weatherstripping is suitable in loose panes windows and doors that don’t fit on the frames.
Remove the AC Unit
It is advisable to remove the air conditioning units from your windows. During winter, AC units are prone to damage as they collect snow. Also, they can put pressure on the window frames allowing chilly wind to get in. For the wall units, drain them and remove the snow before insulating.
Get a roofing contractor to inspect the roof for cracked or broken shingles. Repair them and ensure the gutter is clear and free from dirt and debris. Repairing the roof on time will prevent shingles from coming out during the storm.
Drain all your outdoor pipes in sprinkler systems to prevent them from freezing. Purchase foam pipe insulation to cover the structures found in the unheated area of your property. For vulnerable pipes, use an electric heating cable to wrap them for warmth during winter.
A programmable thermostat is set to automatically lower or raises temperatures when a tenant is not around. The system is an excellent alternative to space heaters as it keeps tenants comfortable in the house and saves them heating bills. Get a smart thermostat to turn on or lower the temperature on the furnace remotely on your phone. It is also essential to test detectors and alarms in the rental property to ensure they are functional.
Cut Falling Branches
Trees or loose branches can fail due to strong winds and snow accumulated during winter. They can cause injury to tenants and damage the property. A property manager should ensure the trees around the property are well managed to prevent these hazards.