As we start to stock up on hats, gloves and sturdy umbrellas to arm ourselves against the unpredictable weather, it’s time to start thinking about getting your property ready for winter.
It is vital to take into consideration the common problems that could arise in your property as the cold weather arrives. As a landlord, you are in the business to make profit, so by putting measures in place to prevent any winter related emergencies, you’re more likely to protect your cash flow. Our list of the top 5 maintenance tips to get your property ready for winter should be a first start:
1.Boiler and Central Heating service
Although your tenants may have had the heating on for some of the chilly evenings already, it is still wise to get your boiler serviced by a qualified engineer as we approach the colder season. The service should check that everything is in working order and will be the perfect opportunity to identify any issues before they arise. It is also a good idea to remind your tenants to put the heating on for at least an hour a day to keep the pipes from freezing, especially if the property is going to be vacant for any period of time.
2. Check your pipes
Blocked or leaking pipes can freeze during the cold months, causing them to expand and burst. Checking all external pipes for leaks and blockages and checking that they are properly secured to the walls, could be a vital task to prevent a burst pipe caused by a winter freeze.
3. Clear out the gutters
It is important to clear out your gutters before we approach the winter season, to remove any debris that may have built up over the year. Leaves, dirt and debris can clog your gutters, which could lead to a potential blockage, allowing water to penetrate your property.
4. Arrange a roof inspection
An area that suffers the most in the wet and windy weather tends to be the roof. A roof inspection is an inexpensive way to give you peace of mind this winter and provides the opportunity to identify any damage caused by the weather, animals or debris. Remember by giving special attention to essential areas it will greatly protect your investment.
5. Have your chimney swept
Keep your tenants and property safe by having the chimney swept at least once a year. Chimney fires could cause serious harm or even death, and at the very least thousands of pounds in damage to your property. Minimise the risk by having the chimney swept, to get rid of any hazardous debris that may have accumulated over the year.
But the best tip to get your property winter ready? Inform your tenants about the issues that could possibly arise and provide some handy tips that could fix potential problems. Let them know any jobs that you would like them to take responsibility for, and don’t assume that your tenants know how to deal with the cold weather, many won’t!
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