Winter is almost here, and it is important for us, property managers, to winterize your properties by following these easy steps will help you avoid common weather-related damages, harms, and reparations to properties and units. Remember, preventive measures do pay off major costly damages.
1. Check and Adjust Your Thermostat
Should keep the thermostat on when away from home during cold winter months set the thermostat to about 55 degrees; this will prevent pipes from freezing.
2. Always Turn-Off Water When No One is around
Turning or shutting off the main water valve, draining pipes and adding non-toxic antifreeze to toilets can avoid a leak, burst pipes, and flood. Water damage can strike without warning which leaves into a distressing path of damage.
3. Regular Maintenances
- Ensure that the HVAC the system is professionally checked and air filters should be regularly replaced;
- Landlords and/or Property Managers should recurrently check vacant properties to ensure that damage has not occurred or any hazardous situations have not popped up;
- Chimneys should be cleaned. Roof be inspected and checked for any overhanging or broken branches that need to be trimmed;
- Contract with a snow removal company or remind tenants to use proper snow removal techniques.
Unanticipated damage to your property can be a very overwhelming experience, especially during this season.
But a good property manager will stay ahead of issues by being aware of potential problems and taking steps now to prevent costly damages in the future.