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Rental Property Management Tips for Winter Weather

Posted by Joseph Slonimsky on Oct 29, 2013 2:00:00 PM
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Rental Property Management Tips for Winter WeatherIt’s hard to believe that it’s already almost that time again when temperatures will begin to drop and the bitter cold of winter will once again take over. If your rental properties happen to be located in areas where the weather is harsher during the winter months, it’s important that you are proactive about preparing those properties ahead of time to avoid any potential problems once the thermometer begins to dip. Here are some helpful tips on preparing your rental property for the upcoming winter weather.

Stock Up on Products

Everyone knows how hard it can be to find those important winter time products, like snow shovels and ice melt, once that first bout of weather strikes so don’t find yourself behind the eight ball when the time comes. Stock up now on everything you may need to tackle winter problems. You may also want to have your snow blower tuned up and make sure it’s ready to go so there are no surprises once those first flakes start flying.

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Make Some Service Calls

Before the weather starts taking a turn, it’s always a good idea to have some of those systems that are used during the winter serviced ahead of time. If your property has a working fireplace, have it cleaned and inspected before anyone lights that first fire of the season. Heating systems should also be serviced to make sure they’re in good working order and there aren’t any hazards to be concerned about. That way when it’s time to fire these puppies up, there won’t be any unexpected problems.

Stay on Top of Things

Once snow and ice start making their appearance, it’s important that you stay on top of keeping common areas of your property clean and safe for passage. One slip and fall could cost you your hard-earned investment, so keep plenty of that ice-melt on hand that you already stocked up on and keep walkways shoveled. If you don’t have the time, hire a maintenance person to handle it for you.

Enlist Help

Depending on the relationship you have with your tenants, you may even want to consider enlisting their help in preparing the property for the winter months. Provide them with a detailed checklist of what needs to be done and have them set out to help tackle the list right along with you. You may have to give them a small break on their rent, but it’ll be worth it to know that your property is in good shape and well-prepared for the weather once it arrives.

Send Reminders

One of the biggest dangers of winter time is the holiday season. Many people travel and leave their home for a period of time to visit family. It’s important to send out friendly reminders that tenants shouldn’t leave candles lit or holiday lights on, as these can be fire hazards and can cost you your property, not to mention put those who remain in the property in danger. They should also make sure to keep doors and windows locked to prevent potential break-ins.

Whether we like it or not, Old Man Winter is on his way, and if you own property, it’s important that you are well prepared ahead of time so that when those cold temps and harsh weather arrive, your property will be able to withstand it.


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