December is a great month because everyone is getting ready for the holidays and the new year to come but for landlords, it’s also a great time of year because you can take the time to focus on getting your rental property “tuned up” for the year to come.
Water Pipes Maintenance
Make sure water pipes are insulated. This will prevent pipe bursts due to deep freezing.
Water Heater Maintenance
Get a tune up for your heater. Most people are charging $50 to make sure your furnace is running in tip top shape. If you have a chiller or cooler, it’s also time to get that thing winterized too. Wall units that have been dusty all year need to be vacuumed out to prevent fire from first usage.
Make sure sprinkler timers are reset to cover the cold. If you are in a snow environment, you should blow any remaining water out of the lines and get your landscaping ready for the winter by pruning back plants and grass should be prepared for the winter too.
Does your rental property have a chimney? If so, you should have it cleaned and inspected because the reality is that the chimney may have not been used in close to one year and one fire in the fireplace could start a fire in your rental property, especially during the holidays.
If you didn’t inspect your gutters during the fall, you should do this now because depending on where your rental property is located you may get more rain during the winter months than other times of the year and your gutters may be unable to handle the extra water.
When inspecting gutters, you should use a small shovel to remove the “gunk” from your gutters, clear out leaves or debris, and inspect all gutters on your rental property to make sure there are no leaks.
Door & Window Maintenance
Last of all, but most important, you should take the time to inspect and seal all doors and windows on your rental property because doors and windows, especially on an older home, are responsible for heat loss and taking the time to seal them will help your tenants to stay warmer and your tenants will be happier as well.
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