As the winter months approach, it’s essential for landlords and property managers to keep their properties in peak condition throughout the seasonal change. Taking the steps now to prevent any potential damage or costly repairs to your property in the winter months will save you money in the long-term and keep your property in excellent condition. Follow the steps below to make sure your investment properties are winter ready.
Inspect rain gutters
Clogged gutters can cause severe leaking and water damage. Make sure your rain gutters are clear from leaves, twigs, and other debris to prevent water damage in the event of heavy rain and storms.
Check for loose roof panels and tiles
If roof panels and tiles aren’t properly maintained, leaking and water damage could occur. This can quickly spread to other parts of your investment property making it a costly problem to repair. A clear indication that you may have loose roof panels or tiles is if the eaves at your investment property are showing signs of rotting or water damage.
Keep trees and gardens tidy
Hanging branches and unruly gardens could injure a tenant or damage your property in a severe storm. If any trees or plants at your investment property overhang the property, consider pruning the plant. With the height and skill involved in this maintenance, it’s best to call in a professional for this one.
Inspect for and get rid of condensation and mould
Mould can be a major health risk if left untreated. Monitor your property for constantly wet areas and act quickly if mould is forming. With the cold of the winter months, mould can often be worse. Mould is commonly caused by heated roofs with poor ventilation, water leakage, and water damage. If you find mould at your investment property, consult a professional to have the cause of the mould repaired and the area thoroughly cleaned.
Check windows and doors
Inspect all windows and doors at the property to ensure everything is properly sealed. This will keep cold air and water outside to keep the temperature of the property consistent and prevent water damage.
Just like preparing for the other seasonal changes in the year, inspecting and being proactive about any potential maintenance hazards at your investment property will save you time and money on expensive repairs down the track.