It's fall, and we can look forward to turning leaves, trick-or-treating, and football weather. But a long with the good comes the work, especially if you own a rental property. If you don't have a good property manager working for you, it's important to inspect your rental property before cold weather comes. If things are not prepared, damage and safety issues can cause you and your tenant problems. Safety issues can endanger your tenant’s health, as well. Make sure you take at least the following 10 Steps to prepare your rental property for cold weather before the 1st freeze hits your neighborhood.
Clean out rain gutters before fall leaves are frozen in place. Consider adding a gutter guard to make future cleanings easier. While up there cleaning, check for leaks and cracks, and repair them.
Ice can form in branches and leaves, so make sure to clear them all from your roof. Check for missing shingles or any damage that could cause leaks. You might want to schedule a professional inspection.
Eyeball any trees overhanging your roof, and cut them back. One good ice storm can bring a tree down on your roof.
Clear walkways, driveways, and porches of leaves and debris. Trim trees and branches. Cover or store outside furniture. Clean up after pets to eliminate under-snow surprises!
4. Windows and Doors
Remove all window air conditioning units and make sure all windows are closed and locked with a tight seal. Visually inspect all windows and door frames – if there are any air leaks, caulking, weather-stripping or replacement may be required.
Have the heater properly inspected and cleaned. Change the filter.
Ensure siding is stable and secure. Animal-proof your rental property by checking for cracks or holes and covering entry points.
Take some time to inspect any concrete on your property like driveways and walkways. Fill cracks before water seeps in, freezes, and widens them.
7. Exterior Piping
Turn off outdoor faucets and drain pipes. Detach garden hoses. Insulate any faucets that may freeze.
Inspect fireplaces, chimneys, flues and vents. Have a professional come clean and inspect the chimney for signs of obstruction or hazard prior to the season’s first use.
9. Safety Inspection
Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
10. Property Manager
If you find fall preparation a bit overwhelming, consider hiring a property manager. A good property manager will make sure your rental is ready for fall. Call All County® today to see how we can help you with the 10 Steps to Prepare your Rental Property for Cold Weather.