Did you know that every year winter storms cause an average of 1.5 billion dollars in property damage?
If you own rental property, you may be curious about finding the best ways to properly winterize your investment homes. Keeping up with the property maintenance for winter can significantly reduce the likelihood of your rental property being damaged by the coming winter storms.
Are you interested in learning about the best rental property maintenance tasks to perform to effectively winterize your property? Keyrenter Merrimack Valley created this complete guide to help! Keep reading to learn more!
1. Get the Furnace Serviced
Before you get into the cold season, getting your furnace or your boiler serviced is a good idea. This will ensure your heating system is in perfect working condition before you have to depend on it during the cold weather. Hiring a team of professionals will make certain that the furnace and/or boiler are properly serviced. HVAC professionals will ensure that your heater isn’t cracked in any places and that any filters on the heater are replaced.
2. Test Detectors and Alarms
Before the property gets closed up for the coming winter months, all alarms and detectors must be inspected. Make sure all smoke detectors and alarms have fresh batteries and are working properly.
You should also make sure the carbon monoxide meter is on and performing. If your rental property doesn’t have a carbon monoxide meter, you may want to consider having one installed in the property.
3. Double Check Seals Around Windows and Doors
One of the easiest ways to get your property ready for winter is to check for drafty doors and windows. By having all of the exterior windows, interior windows, and doors inspected, you can make sure that your rental property doesn’t have any flawed sealants.
One way you can inspect and detect flawed or damaged sealants on your property is by carefully looking at each window and door frame. You shouldn’t be able to see any holes or caulk beginning to crumble in the sealants. Another way you can identify poorly sealed windows and doors is by finding any damaged or loose weather stripping. If you’re unable to afford to replace the sealant around the doors or windows, you may want to consider having a door sweep placed at the bottom of your doors. Temporary ones can be found and purchased at most retail stores.
4. Make A Snow Removal Plan
At the beginning of the season, you want to make sure you stock up on enough salt to last you through the entire winter season. If you run out of salt during the middle of the winter, ice can quickly build up on your driveway and sidewalks, creating a dangerous environment.
Winterizing Your Rental Property in These Easy Steps
By taking the necessary steps to winterize your rental property before winter hits, you’ll help to ensure that your rental property is comfortable when winter rolls around. Plus, you’ll help to greatly decrease how much you’re spending on heat and electricity during the cold winter months.
Are you interested in learning more about how to get your property prepared for winter? Keyrenter Merrimack Valley is here to help with any questions that you may have. Click here to contact us today to learn more.