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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. To keep your money safe, you should always have a rental home available during the season. As the seasons change, it’s time to start thinking about winterizing your Brandon rental properties. Landlords and property managers must perform critical maintenance tasks on rental properties every year in order to prepare them for winter.

As the owner, you must know that your property is prepared correctly and efficiently. When winterizing a rental home, landlords must address several critical items yearly. 


Insulation and Sealing

Check for drafts and plug any openings in your home to reduce energy consumption and heat loss. Any location where cold air can seep in, such as around windows, doors, and other openings, is affected by this. In addition to sealing drafts, your home’s walls and roof should be insulated. This will assist you maintain a consistent temperature inside your home regardless of the weather outside.


Heating System

You should conduct routine maintenance tasks such as system service, air filter replacement, radiator bleeds if needed, and thermostat configuration. A professional inspection and tune-up must be performed as part of routine maintenance to ensure the heating system is running safely and effectively. They will check the electrical connections and examine the burners and ignition system.


Doors and Windows Solutions

One of the most critical things you can do to winterize your home is to install storm windows and doors. These one-of-a-kind doors and windows are designed to provide an extra layer of insulation to help keep the heat in and the cold out. You might also use heavy curtains or thermal blinds to help insulate the home.

Make sure to routinely check the weather stripping around your doors and windows to keep your home’s heating system in good operating order. Every year, inspect your home for damage and replace any weather stripping that is cracked or worn. Install weather stripping on outside doors and windows to keep your home warmer and consume less energy, improving your home’s heating and energy efficiency.


Plumbing Precautions 

In rental properties, the plumbing system can struggle during the winter. When the temperature drops, water lines within a house might freeze and burst, causing significant damage to the property. It is critical to insulate water pipes to prevent water from freezing inside them.


Open communication with tenants should also include a discussion of the ideal temperature to maintain in the house, which is often at least 58 degrees. When it’s cold outdoors, remind the renters to leave the cabinet doors open. These suggestions are even better. In order to keep the pipes from freezing, this will allow warm air to circulate the pipes.


Exterior and Structural Maintenance

The first step in winterizing your home is to look for any external cracks or holes that could allow cold air to seep in. Vinyl siding and window seals are two ways where air might escape. To prevent cold air from entering your home and warm air from leaving, look for holes and fill them with caulk or insulation.

It’s also necessary to maintain your roof and gutters. This can assist prevent leaks or damage that could result in cold air entering your home if not done correctly. Check the foundation and crawl space as well. Good insulation will keep your home warm while keeping cold air out of these spaces. Make sure to seal any gaps in the foundation to keep cold air out. By using these simple strategies, you can ensure that your home stays warm and comfy throughout the winter.


Tenant Education

During the winter, tenants should become acquainted with necessary maintenance and emergency procedures. It should include, among other things, instructions for clearing sidewalks and driveways, preventing pipes from freezing, preparing for a power outage or heating system breakdown, and other vital elements. Renters may prepare for winter by following simple instructions that advise them what to do.


Regular Inspections

It’s critical to have frequent property inspections during the winter to keep any potential concerns at bay. One of these inspections will examine for leaks or damage to the roof, windows, and doors caused by bad weather conditions such as strong winds, heavy rain, or snow. 


Routine inspections identify areas where energy efficiency can be improved, resulting in lower energy bills and a more environmentally friendly structure.


Winter is generally the worst season to ensure that your rental properties are weatherproof. By following this advice, you can ensure that your property is adequately weatherized and energy-efficient, providing your tenants with a comfortable and safe living environment.


With Real Property Management Omega on their side, your cozy rental houses and delighted renters will be ready for anything. If you have any questions about the property management services, we provide in Brandon and the surrounding areas, please contact us at 601-607-8202.

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