With winter just around the corner, now is the time to get out and take care of those items that will insure you have a warm and safe winter. Here are a list of things tenants can do to make sure their home is ready for the coming winter.
- Drain water lines to sprinklers and hoses to prevent water from freezing and bursting lines.
- Put foam covers over water spigots to prevent freezing and a complete shut off of water to the house in the event they freeze.
- Replace the furnace filter to keep the air clean and healthy for you and reduce heating bills.
- Get the furnace serviced. A quick check up now can keep you in heat while everyone else is calling the furnace shop.
- Check window & door seals. Leaky, cold-air drafts are uncomfortable and run up the heating bill.
- Do all end-of-year yard maintenance, from raking leaves to trimming the hedges one last time.
- Put away outdoor furniture, toys, and other elements that could represent a tripping hazard or safety hazard.
- Make fire safety a priority by replacing batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and sweeping any chimneys or woodstoves.
Not sure how to do all of that, or when to fit it into your schedule? A good property manager can help. We have maintenance technicians on staff who can perform all of these functions for you quickly and reasonably. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”