Cold season is upon us, and many of us are getting ready for freezing temperatures, ice, hail, snow and strong wind. Also as winter approaches, you may need to turn your attention to seasonal property maintenance. It is your responsibility as a rental property manager to ensure that your property is on top condition and ready for any season. But when cold weather arrives, building maintenance can be challenging. If you do not take the proper steps to protect your property, it may cause some serious problems.
Preventive maintenance can help keep everything at your property running smoothly. Knowing what needs to be done before the cold weather sets in and preparing your property, residents, and staff early are one of the best ways to keep up with building maintenance. Looking to keep your property in top condition this winter? If so, read on to learn the top winter home maintenance tips.
Prepare a Maintenance Checklist
Winterizing your properties by preparing and following a seasonal maintenance checklist is an excellent way to protect the rental properties you manage. If you want to stay on top of winter maintenance, you need to prepare a list and keep track of what needs to be done early before the cold season arrives. Base the list on what issues you have encountered in the past and assess whether they have been dealt with effectively. If not, readjust your processes to avoid any recurring issues.
Finally, after making your list, go through it again and again to ensure that you cover everything that needs to be accomplished before the winter and even during the winter. With unforeseen weather, it’s better to be prepared so you can tackle these problems when they arrive.
Complete The Maintenance Early
Now that you accomplished preparing your list, the next thing to do is to get started. Start with the maintenance that needs to be completed early before winter. You can start by checking for any bad spot on the roof, cleaning the gutter, and even stocking items that will be needed this season such as bag of salt for walkways and driveways, gasoline for snow blowers, and any other things that maintenance workers may need. Note that, once the season arrives, the price of these items tends to go up a lot, you can buy them cheaper and avoid paying the huge price.
Another important area to consider is your heating. Common spaces and resident units need heat that properly and consistently works. Check your property’s heating and air conditioning system, if it is working as expected, and your walkways and parking lots are clear and free of ice and snow, and your tenants will have few reasons to complain.
Inspect Potential Outdoor Hazards
As the weather becomes more extreme, the potential for trees and branches to fall on the property even residents increases. You may want to ensure that all trees on your property have been properly maintained and trim any branches that may pose a risk during periods of high wind or heavy ice and snow.
Leaving your walkways, driveways, and parking lot uncleared, may result to accidents. A resident can slip and fall and may be a reason for complaints and suing you and your property management company for negligence.
As you can see, there are a lot of things you can do to keep your property in order before winter arrives. By weatherproofing, checking areas, and performing preventive maintenance, you can ensure that the cold and wet stay outside.
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