Taking the time to prepare your properties for winter is a smart and cost-effective way to avoid winter-related trouble. There isn't a single person on the planet that looks forward to finding their heat is no longer working--or worse yet, their water pipes have burst. Therefore, it's never too late to start your checklist for weatherizing now before problems arise later.
The Landlord Protection Agency offers a full list of seven items to help prepare your rental property for winter. A few items are listed below:
Pipes freezing is one of the most shared and costly complications. However, taking the following two simple precautions will give you the edge over a nice standard winter-living, versus suffering through a winter catastrophe.
- Disconnect and drain all your garden hoses from your spigots.
- Insulate any exposed piping
Fireplace or Woodstove
Do any of your rentals have a woodstove or fireplace? It is extremely important to remember to have your chimneys inspected and/or cleaned prior to lighting any fires. The Concise Cleaning Company makes the following statement regarding a chimney that has not been swept.
Many things can happen the most common being a build-up of soot, tar and a substance called creosote. These build ups will then reduce the diameter of your chimney, reducing the effectiveness of your fireplace/stove, and more importantly allowing poisonous gases (Carbon Monoxide) to escape into the room. There is also a big risk of a chimney fire.
Taking the time to do some simple steps offers reassurance that you and your tenants will have safe and comfortable accommodations for the winter. It also gives you the peace of mind to know you have done what you can to prevent unexpected expenses.
Enjoy your winter in comfort, and give any concerns a rest. Contact VerticalRent for more information or questions regarding winter weatherization.