Top 7 Winter Maintenance Tips
Temperatures are dropping and as the season changes it’s important that investment properties are properly prepared for the cold weather. If your property is currently rented, it may be the tenant’s responsibility to perform many of these basic maintenance tasks, however – it’s always good to work with your property manager to ensure your property is ready for winter!
- HEATING/ A/C FILTERS – To avoid damage and extra wear and tear on heating and air conditioning units they should be properly serviced on a regular basis, including regular filter changes. HVAC units work best with clean filters.
- ROOFS AND GUTTERS – With the leaves falling, gutters need cleaning. We recommend waiting until after most of the leaves have fallen to assure gutters are clean through the winter.
- LANDSCAPING – Lawns prepared for the colder temps with a winter fertilizer blend are healthier and typically fair better than those that aren’t. Trees and shrubs should be pruned away from structures to avoid possible damage.
- FREEZING PIPES – Thermostats should be set no lower than 55 degrees to avoid freezing pipes. Property Managers ensure temperatures are maintained in vacant units and encourage renters to provide notice for extended absences to so that the residence can be properly monitored. With extremely low temperatures we also recommend that a couple of faucets are set at a very slow drip to prevent freezing.
- SPRINKLER SYSTEMS – Garden hoses should be disconnected and exterior faucets and sprinkler systems should be weatherized.
- HOT WATER HEATERS – Hot water heaters should be inspected for leaks. As the temperature drops water heaters work overtime to keep the water hot.
- FIREPLACES – Chimneys should be cleaned and inspected annually by an experienced, licensed vendor.
Contact your property manager to discuss these and other issues that may pertain to your specific investment property. We are pleased to coordinate these and other services that will help protect your property value and integrity.