Winter brings its own set of issues and challenges and can be a tough time for landlords. The freezing weather conditions can present significant risks to rental properties, which could result in costly problems and major winter maintenance repairs.
When managing your property during winter, it is best to know what to expect during this season. Here are 5 helpful ways to safeguard your rental property and keep your tenants happy:
- Keep your rental property warm and dry
Make sure all radiators and the central heating are in good working condition. You’ll also need to reduce the chances of mould from forming by keeping your property well-ventilated, and by using extractor fans to keep your property warm and dry.
Check insulation. A properly insulated property is an absolute must during the cold months to reduce heating bills.
- Check the pipes
Blocked or leaking pipes can freeze during winter, then expand and burst, resulting in costly water damage. Check the pipes for any cracks or fissures, and make sure they are properly secured to the walls.
- Check for blocked drainage
Inspect gutters, pipes and drainpipes for cracks, damage and blockages. Blocked or damaged gutters and pipes could result in major water damage to the roof or walls, which may lead to big insurance claims and loss of rental income.
Wrap any uninsulated pipes to make sure these won’t freeze or burst during winter.
- Snow and Ice Removal
Snow and ice buildup during the winter months can be a liability for slip and falls, so make sure at the beginning of the winter season that you have a good stock of salt for the winter months.
- Inspect the fireplaces
Make sure your fireplace is fully operational and safe. Even if you think you can clean it by yourself, it is best to seek a professional opinion from a Gas Safe Engineer. Likewise, get the services of a professional cleaner to sweep your chimney in order to prevent chimney fires and reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
A good alternative to managing your property is hiring a lettings agency to take care of some or all of the day-to-day issues. Deciding to get the full service of a letting agency will free up your time from the day-to-day management of your properties.
KeyRing Lettings is 100% dedicated to lettings and aims to give the highest level of service possible for landlords and tenants throughout the Mendip area. Contact us to find out more about our services.