With winter comes freezing temperatures, snow, and more time spent indoors. The cold can bring with it a lot of problems, but if you’ve prepared ahead of time, you’ll have little to worry about come December, January, and February. If you’re a renter and are getting ready for the cold months, make sure to follow these helpful tips to prepare your property while we are still in the fall season.
The Importance of Preparing Now
Fall is the perfect time to do a maintenance check on your property to ensure that everything is running properly. If something is in need of repair, it’s better that you find out now so you have the time to fix it. Having a resident turn on a heater only to find that it is not working in the dead of winter is definitely not the best way for you, especially as a renter, to find out whether or not something needs to be repaired. In the fall, you can check furnaces, heating systems, windows, doors, and prepare the landscape outside so that the winter months will pass by problem-free.
Check Windows and Doors
When a window or door has been through a few seasons, moisture and wear and tear can cause the doors and windows to shift or be damaged. When this happens, cold air gets inside and causes uncomfortable drafts for your residents. Heating the place will be more expensive as residents will try to compensate for the cold air that flows inside. Minor problems can be resolved fairly quickly and with little expense. Often, windows just need to be re-caulked. If the door or window is in serious need of repair, however, it is best to devise a plan and tackle the problem during the fall season.
Heating System and Furnaces
Save yourself the trouble and test your property’s heating system now before you have to deal with emergency maintenance calls in the dead of winter. As a renter, emergency situations can be frustrated and take time for the landlord to complete the requested changes. Make sure all units are heating up properly within a reasonable time frame. If there are any problems, make sure to have them addressed as soon as possible. This is vital to ensuring your residents have a comfortable and safe winter. Frozen pipes can cause serious, costly damage. Pilot lights can and do go out during summer months, so check that they’re working. Replace any old filters to improve heating efficiency. Now’s a great time to check all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors as well. In the winter months, people spend more time inside. Cooking, baking and preparing holiday dishes means that in case of a meal-gone-wrong, all detectors are ready to sound to keep you and your neighbors safe.
Clear Out Gutters
A clogged gutter can lead to expensive inconveniences if left unattended to. Clear out all gutters to ensure rainfall and melting snow have a clear pathway. Otherwise, you’ll be dealing with possible roof leaks, flooding, and a whole river of costly problems.
Preparing the Landscape
Prepare your landscape for the cold by aerating and fertilizing your grass. This will give the land the best fighting chance against freezing temperatures, allowing the nutrients from the fertilizer and the moisture from water to penetrate the grass roots with ease. If you want to bring new plants in for beautiful blooms in spring, fall is the best time to plant. The root systems will be intact come spring time, and the crisp fall air is the perfect time of year to spend your time landscaping. Make sure to stay stocked up on salt and shovels in case of a big snow. It’s a big safety concern for residents if the pavement and sidewalks are icy or blanketed in feet of snow.
If you’re a renter and are getting ready for the cold months, make sure to follow these helpful tips to prepare your property while we are still in the fall season.The cold can bring with it a lot of problems, but if you’ve prepared ahead of time, you’ll have little to worry about as the winter months roll in.