Despite the sunny, mild weather we have been enjoying recently it is important to plan for the coming colder months and preparing your rental property is key in dealing with any maintenance issues that could cause problems and lead to costly repairs.
There are some checks your tenants can do themselves, but there are others that landlords will need to make sure are all in place. Importantly, as a landlord, if you do need access, remember to make sure that you give your tenants sufficient notice.
It’s good practice to get your boiler serviced annually and it is important to keep on top of this, for your tenants’ warmth and their hot water. More critical than ever too in current times, an efficient boiler will help keep energy bills as low as possible.
An efficiently running boiler will also help keep your property in good condition, but if it is still not heating the home properly it may be that the radiators need bleeding. Bleeding the radiators doesn’t need to be a big job and it will make sure the pipes in your property are being heated properly when the temperature drops.
Doors and windows will not be open as much in colder weather, but increased condensation can cause damp, so ventilation is important especially in more humid areas such as the kitchen and bathroom, so ensure that extractor fans are working properly.
Equally you don’t need unwanted ventilation so checking that doors and windows are in good condition will help with warmth and for the home to be as energy efficient as possible. Replacing any doors or windows before any major work is needed will save money in the long run and also help with keeping the property as secure as possible.
In addition for security over the longer, darker nights, check that any burglar alarms and security lights are working properly at your property. A visible alarm can still be a good deterrent, but some insurance policies are dependent on a fully working burglar alarm for cover.
Outside the property too, keep gutters clear as leaves and blockages can lead to leaks and water damage or even broken gutters, so it’s important to keep them clear from any debris to minimise the risk. Wet and cold weather leads to slippery drives and icy steps, but this can also lead to cracks in pathways which may cause trip hazards. To prevent this, it’s best to stay on top of any existing cracks and have them repaired sooner rather than later.
At Pennington we help all landlords with these vital checks and carry out inspections for landlords whether you are our clients or not. A winter inspection can help make sure that your property is weather-proof for whatever the winter months bring.
If you would like any advice on preparing for winter or anything on the local property market, please do not hesitate to contact me as I am always happy to help.
Managing Director / ARLA Propertymark Advisory Board
Tel: 01394 337590