The winter weather can be unforgiving and this can take its toll on properties. If you are a landlord and own one or more rental properties, it is essential that you take a proactive approach to winter maintenance. Assuming that problems won't happen risks not only unhappy tenants but also the potential need for expensive repairs down the line.
In this blog post, we will share 5 helpful winter maintenance tips for landlords. These tips will help you to stay on top of property maintenance and ensure that the harsh winter climate doesn't leave its mark on your rented property. Let's get started.
1. Check on the Property's Heating System
We recommend that you schedule routine HVAC system services with a reputable company. Not only will this ensure that your system is in good working order for the colder months, but it will also help to increase the overall lifespan of your system.
If the property has a fireplace or woodstove, make sure that it is clean and have the chimney professionally swept to avoid a fire hazard.
2. Prevent Frozen Pipes
During the cold weather, the water inside pipes can freeze. In order to prevent frozen pipes at your rental property, we recommend:
- Insulating pipes and water tanks
- Leaving the heating on when away
- Running taps when it is freezing outside
- Draining the water system if not in use
Frozen pipes can leave you without running water and run the risk of having to deal with burst pipes.
3. Clean the Gutters
Gutters are the unsung heroes of properties, helping to protect them from rain and water damage. When your gutters are clogged with debris, rainwater may not be able to drain effectively. Clogged gutters also make for a good home for rodents and pests, which you certainly won't want to invite to your property at any time of the year.
4. Test All Safety Devices
During the colder months, tenants will be using HVAC systems and fireplaces more regularly. This can increase the likelihood of fire, so it's important to routinely check all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in the home and replace the batteries. If the property doesn't have any, you should install them immediately.
5. Prevent Slips and Trips
Icy footpaths and driveways can increase the chance of tenants falling and injuring themselves during the colder months. Remove organic debris from walkways, repair any cracks or holes, and consider adding railings for extra support. Putting salt on slippy driveways can also help.
Helpful Winter Maintenance Tips for Landlords
The above maintenance tips will help to keep your property in good working order during the winter months and ensure that your tenants are satisfied.
Here at Badger Canyon Property Management Co., we have more than two decades of full-service property management experience. If you would like to learn more about our range of services in the Vancouver area, contact our team today.