Seasonal Maintenance Guide: Is Your Rental Property Winter Ready?

Maintaining your rental property is key to protecting your investment and keeping your tenants happy.

The colder, wetter weather, however, makes it even more important. Winter preparations include some essentials. Taking care of these tasks in advance can save you a lot of money and stress down the track. So, let’s take a look at some must-knows about maintaining your rental property over winter.

Gutters

Gutter cleaning is an essential aspect of rental property maintenance that is often overlooked. The accumulation of debris in the gutters, such as leaves, twigs, and dirt, can prevent proper drainage and lead to significant damage to the gutters themselves. Over time, the weight and moisture from the debris can cause the gutters to buckle, warp, or even detach from the roof. Regular cleaning can prevent costly repairs and extend the life of your gutters. Our Property Managers can arrange gutter cleaning for you.

Outstanding Maintenance

Other things to consider are roof, joinery, or cladding issues. During winter, when we get constant heavy rain, it becomes hard to deal with these issues. By taking care of these tasks now, you will be able to rest easy and prevent future expensive problems. Using our network of qualified, top-notch contractors, our Property Managers can arrange all of this for you also.

Pests

We all love the idea of a beautiful, lush garden surrounding our property. However, what many fail to realise is that overgrown gardens can become a prime location for a variety of pests. Not only can they provide a hiding place for these unwanted visitors, but they also offer a source of food and shelter. Pests such as rodents and ants are masters at finding their way inside of homes and can cause havoc for your tenants if left unchecked. It’s crucial to keep your gardens maintained and tidy in order to prevent an infestation from occurring. As part of their routine inspections, our Property Managers will make a note of any garden maintenance issues that need to be addressed.

Heating

Make sure your rental property’s heating system is in good working order as winter approaches. Don’t wait until your heat pump breaks down. There’s bound to be delays with heat pump repairs during the winter season, so booking a service now can help prevent any problems.

If your rental property has any alternative forms of heating, such as gas fireplaces, you’ll also need to ensure these are ready for the winter when the tenants are most likely to need them. It’s also essential to ensure that any fireplaces or chimney suites are safe and compliant.

Our Property Managers are onto all of this for you. They’ll be looking out for these things through their routine inspections. If you have any questions, or think we have missed something, please reach out to them.