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How To Prepare Your Rental Property for Winter

As a landlord, it’s your responsibility to prepare your rental properties for each and every season. After a hot summer and a pleasant fall, you may be dreading the extreme temperatures of the winter ahead. Fortunately, winters in the South are relatively mild here when compared to those further north. But temperatures still regularly drop below freezing, especially at night, so it’s important that you have precautions in place to protect your property and its tenants. Talley Properties is here with 6 ways to prepare your rental property for winter, so let’s jump in.

  1. Weatherproof the Indoors. Prevent heat from escaping by identifying and fixing any gaps around doors or windows. You’ll save money on the electric bill, and your tenants will stay warm. Furthermore, be sure to insulate any plumbing that may be exposed to the cold air. This will prevent any disastrous burst pipes.
  2. Clean Gutters & Downspouts. After the autumn season, be sure that your gutters are clear of any leaves and debris. The downspouts could get backed up, causing the water to freeze and creating a solid plug in your drainage system.
  3. Prepare Outdoor Spaces. Outdoor spaces are nice when the weather is warm, but your tenants won’t be using them during the winter. Be sure to properly store any patio furniture, grills, barbecues, and fire pits until the spring.
  4. Check the Detectors. Every rental space should have functioning smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. But it’s especially important during the winter when tenants are running the heating system or keeping a fire in the fireplace, so err on the side of caution. Test the detectors and supply fresh batteries for your tenants’ safety and peace of mind.
  5. Establish a Snow Removal Plan. If your property is in the mountains or another place with lots of annual snowfall, have a removal plan in place. It may take a while for the snow to dissipate in colder temperatures, so consider hiring a professional with the proper tools to clear the necessary driveways and sidewalks.
  6. Educate Your Tenants. You’re the landlord, but your tenants will be the ones living on-site throughout the season. Make sure they are equipped with the proper knowledge to keep themselves safe and comfortable during the winter months. Moreover, provide resources for any emergency situations that may arise.

Talley Properties has been Charlotte’s best property management for over 40 years, and we have plenty of experience in everything from seasonal maintenance to administrative bookkeeping. Landlords, investors, and tenants alike can follow our blog for information on a range of useful topics. To learn about Talley and our services, visit our website or contact us today!

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