When you own a rental property, it is important to keep up with the property as much as you can at all times. Preparing it for harsh winter weather is essential so that your tenant can live as comfortably as possible at all times. The guide below walks you through a few things to add to the maintenance list for your rental property before winter hits.
Have the Gutters Inspected
The weight of snow can cause gutters to come loose from a home, especially if they are already filled with leaves and debris. It is important to have the gutters on your rental property cleaned out before the snow starts falling. Have the gutters inspected by professional services, such as Innovations Siding & Windows, to make sure that they are properly attached to the home. If the gutters are rotting or rusted in any areas, have the damage repaired right away to ensure that they are as strong as they can be.
Have the Roof Inspected
The weight of snow can cause roofs to collapse during the cold winter months. Have your roof inspected to ensure that it can withstand the heavy weight of snow and that there are no areas that are leaking. As snow melts, it can seep into holes or weak areas of the roof and cause massive damage. Having the roof inspected ensures that any damaged shingles can be replaced and holes can be repaired before snow starts to fall.
Have the Plumbing Inspected
When the temperatures drop, pipes can often burst as the water within them freezes and expands. Having the pipes properly insulated can reduce the chances of the pipes bursting. Have a plumber come to your home and inspect the piping. If they notice that it is not properly insulated, he or she can wrap the pipes in insulation to keep them warmer than they would be without the pipe insulation. Also, if your home is located in an area that is prone to very low temperatures during the winter, you may want to have a crawl space heater installed. The heater will keep the plumbing under the house warmer to prevent the pipes from freezing.
Taking the time to properly prepare the rental property to handle anything winter has to bring will cut down on the overall cost you will have to pay for repairs on the home. It is far cheaper to prevent damage from occurring than repairing it after it has already occurred.