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Essential Winter Maintenance Tasks Every Rental Property Owner Should Prioritize

Man applies weatherstripping to doorway for insulation.During the winter, rental property owners must remember to perform additional maintenance. Other critical tasks must be completed to ensure that your rental property remains in good condition during winter, even though some people only think of seasonal tasks like storing outdoor furniture or turning off the irrigation system.

Continue reading to learn more about the most important winter maintenance tasks for rental property owners!

Winter Exterior Home Maintenance

One of the most significant winter maintenance tasks for rental property owners is to address any exterior damage that may have occurred during the summer. This could involve repairing cracks in windows or doors, replacing broken shingles on the roof, and fixing damaged siding.

Some noteworthy tasks for maintaining the exterior of your home include:

  • Clearing any debris from the gutters and downspouts.
  • Checking and repairing outdoor lighting.
  • Covering intake vents with screens to keep rodents out.
  • Cleaning and storing outdoor furniture and grills.
  • Draining hoses and sprinkler systems and storing hoses neatly in a shed or garage.
  • Cleaning and inspecting all fireplaces and chimneys.

Indoor Maintenance Tasks

It is necessary for rental property owners to execute many maintenance tasks indoors. Having a well-insulated home is also important for the winter months. In order to prevent drafts, this may entail checking and placing weatherstripping around doors and windows, adding insulation to basements and attics, and insulating pipes to keep them from freezing in freezing weather.

Some necessary tasks for maintaining the interior of your home include:

  • Taking down and putting away any air conditioners that are installed on the window.
  • Checking the condition of your HVAC system by servicing it.
  • If it’s going to be chilly outside, turn your ceiling fans counterclockwise.
  • Checking the batteries on all carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.

Prevent Injuries and Property Damage

To keep your rental property in good repair during the winter months, it is essential to clear snow from walkways, driveways, and steps on a regular basis. This will make it easier to prevent slips and falls, which can result in injuries and potential lawsuits. To prevent ice buildup, make sure you have shovels that are adequate for the job, a plowing service, and bags of snow melt, salt, or sand.

It’s also important to watch your rental property’s roof and gutters during winter, especially in areas with heavy snow or freezing temperatures. Repeated thawing and freezing cycles can cause significant damage to a roof and lead to flooding or other water damage. Ice dams, which form when snow melts and refreezes on the roof, can cause significant damage if not addressed promptly. Hiring a professional to inspect and repair your roof immediately is recommended to avoid costly emergency repairs.

By staying on top of these winter maintenance tasks, you can help ensure your tenants’ safety and comfort while protecting your rental property from potential damage and costly repairs.

Additional Winter Maintenance

Regular maintenance tasks are essential to keeping your rental property’s HVAC system in top operating condition. Among these responsibilities is the need to change the air conditioning filter in your rental property at least once every three months. Why? Because the system has to work harder and use more energy to overcome the airflow restrictions caused by a filthy filter. The system’s efficiency can be increased, and you can reduce energy costs, by changing the filter frequently.

Enjoy a worry-free winter! The best way to ensure the safety of your rental property year-round is to team up with a reputable property management firm. Get in touch with Real Property Management Allegiance now to learn more about how we can assist you in safeguarding and maintaining your Sunny Isles Beach and surrounding area investments, guaranteeing a season free of concerns. Call 786-206-8611 or contact us.

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