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It’s a Great Time to do Fall/Winter Maintenance

Published on October 9, 2015 by Carrie Watt

The weather is starting to turn cooler, it’s getting dark a little earlier, and soon the leaves will begin to fall.  That means the fall and winter weather is just around the corner and it’s a great time to start preparing your rental for the colder season.  Here are a few things to keep in mind to ensure your property stays in good condition and your tenants stay happy and warm!

Gutter Clean Up – Be sure to clean out the gutters.  You might want to install leaf guards on your gutters and downspouts so you direct water away from your property. Staying on top of the falling leaves will save you valuable raking time, too.

Check The Furnace – Have an HVAC professional out to the property to give your furnace an annual exam.  You may want to have your ducts cleaned at the same time.

Seal Windows, Doors & Pipes – Inspect your property for any cracks around pipes and have them sealed.  Use weather-stripping around doors and caulk around windows to prevent cold air from coming in.

Fireplaces – If your properties features a fireplace, consider sweeping the chimney and inspecting the damper to make sure it is working properly.

Sprinkler Shut Down – If your property has an underground sprinkler system installed, be sure to turn it off for the winter so the pipes don’t freeze and burst.  While you’re at it, drain all your garden hoses and insulate any exposed plumbing.

When colder winter weather is on the way, it’s a good idea to also post signs to alert residents to leave faucets dripping to prevent pipes from freezing, open cabinet doors, and set thermostats at 60 degrees when leaving for extended periods.

If you tackle your winterizing to-do list early, you’ll put your property in a position to stay in great shape during the fall and wintertime, which means less damage on your pocketbook come spring!

Carrie Watt - “Pointe3 Real Estate - not your cookie cutter real estate brokerage. ”