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Winterproofing Your Rental: Expert Tips for Landlords

Weather stripping being added to windows as part of the winterizing process in a rental property. Protecting the value of your investment calls for you to get your rented property ready for each season. It’s time to get your Memorial Villages rental properties prepared to endure the harsh winter when the sun’s warmth starts to go down and the leaves start to change color. In order to prepare a rental home for winter weather, landlords and property managers are needed to perform critical maintenance tasks every year. You must make sure that your property is prepared correctly and efficiently as the owner. When winterizing a rental home, landlords must address several critical items yearly. 


Insulation and Sealing

To reduce energy consumption and heat loss, check your home for drafts and fix any holes you find. Examples of places where cold air can seep in include windows, doors, and any other opening. Insulate both the attic and walls of your home in addition to sealing drafts. Regardless of the weather outside, this will help you maintain a consistent temperature inside your house.


Heating System

You should perform routine maintenance tasks like system service, air filter replacement, radiator bleeding, and thermostat installation. A professional inspection and tune-up are needed during servicing to make sure the heating system is working safely and efficiently. A trained expert will clean the burners, check the electrical connections, and test the ignition system.


Doors and Windows Solutions

Installation of storm windows and doors is a crucial part of trying to winterize your home. These distinctive windows and doors provide an extra layer of insulation to help keep the cold out and the warm air in. Another smart choice to help insulate the home is to use heavy curtains or thermal blinds. It’s important to regularly check the weather stripping around your doors and windows because it helps keep your home warm. The goal of replacing damaged or worn weather stripping as soon as possible should be the result of yearly inspection. Adding weather stripping to your doors and windows can help keep cold air out more effectively, improving your home’s heating and energy efficiency.


Plumbing Precautions 

The winter weather can be very rough on rental properties, especially the plumbing system. When the temperature drops, water pipes in a house can freeze. If this happens, the pipes can explode, causing significant damage to the property. We need to insulate water pipes, so they don’t freeze. Additionally, it’s important to maintain open communication with tenants about the ideal temperature to maintain in the house, which is typically at least 58 degrees. 


Having renters keep the cabinet doors open during cold weather is another great idea. This will allow warm air to circulate the pipes and assist in preventing them from freezing.


Exterior and Structural Maintenance

Inspect the exterior for any gaps or cracks that could allow cold air to seep in as the first step in winterizing your home. Both vinyl siding and window flashing can get holes in them. Filling them with caulk or insulation will keep the heat in and prevent cold air from entering your home after you’ve found any holes.

It’s also necessary to maintain your roof and gutters. This will help prevent leaks or damage that may result in cold air entering your home. Other important places include the foundation and crawl space. Putting the right insulation in these places can help keep your home warm and keep cold air out. Fill in any cracks in the base to keep cold air out. You can ensure that your home stays warm and cozy all winter long by following these steps.


Tenant Education

To make it possible to keep renters safe and healthy this winter, it is important to teach them about necessary maintenance and emergency procedures. Include advice for clearing sidewalks and driveways, keeping pipes from freezing, what to do if the power goes out or the heating system breaks, and other important things. Tenants will be better prepared to deal with any problems that come up during the winter if they are given clear and precise instructions.


Regular Inspections

Regular property inspections during the winter are essential for finding and fixing possible problems before they become serious ones. Checking for leaks or damage to the roof, windows, and doors brought on by bad weather conditions like strong winds, heavy rain, or snow may be included in these inspections. Regular inspections also identify areas where energy efficiency can be improved, which leads to lower energy bills and a more environmentally friendly property.


If your rental properties are in bad areas, winter can be a tough time of year. You need to make sure that your properties are ready to handle the weather. With the help of these tips, you can ensure that your property is adequately weatherized and energy-efficient, giving your tenants a comfortable and safe living environment.

With Real Property Management Affiliates on your side, happy residents and warm investment properties will be ready to weather anything the future holds. For more information about our property management services in Memorial Villages and the surrounding areas, contact us online or at 713-429-0411 today!

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