Whether you’re enjoying the crunch of golden-red leaves under your heels, skipping around a pumpkin patch or simply drowning your coffee in seasonal creamers, fall is definitely here. It also means the temperature is dropping and the weather is changing. For some areas fall brings scarce showers and a slight 10 degree weather change, for other regions the snow and rain is imminent. Regardless of what fall climate you deal with, here are some tips to help you whip your rental property into shape so you can snuggle into the colder months without fear:
If you thought Spring Cleaning was enough all year long, think again. With the climate change you’re looking at dirt that can transform into grime, which uncleaned can lead to some serious damages. Get onto the roof, or safely stand next to the roof with a ladder, and inspect your gutters. Blocked gutters restrict the flow of water, so make sure to clean out any leaves and grit to let the rainwater flow away from the structure.
If you haven’t cleaned out your chimneys all year, do it before it’s too late. Lighting a fire under an uncleaned chimney can cause chimney fires, destroying properties and even taking lives. Among other cleaning duties, if you have the budget you should consider repainting your property. Walls that have paint already chipping have a hard time surviving through the winter months, which eats at your properties curb appeal come springtime.
Winterizing Like a Stark
When it comes to winterizing, Ned Stark said it best, “winter is coming.” While we’re certainly not battling for the iron throne or are unknowingly about to fight strange creatures from the North, fortifying your property isn’t such a bad idea. Check your roof to see if there are any holes, damaged tiles, etc. You wouldn’t want a good gust of wind or heavy rainfall to cause damages to your rental property, especially to the foundations under the roof. After the first good rainstorm, look for stained ceilings which indicate a leak. If the winter months in your region are known to be especially cold, consider caulking around pipes and windows. This not only saves your tenants money on their electricity bill, but it protects your property from ice and snow. In addition to winterizing your roof and windows, if your property has a deck or supplies outdoor furniture you should consider coating it in a protective, water-repellent finish. Treat your property like a castle and arm it with the forces to defend you and your tenants from the bitter elements.
Cold Times Means A Few More Changes
With just a few more changes, your property will be spick, span, and ready for winter. Remember to change the sprinkler timing and insulate pipes to protect your system from freezing, and save yourself money. If you supply AC window units, make sure to remove them or if your property has an external AC unit, cover them to protect from moisture. If you have anything outdoors, either winterize them or pull them into storage. Equipment like lawnmowers and yard tools should especially be put away during winter.
Don’t let winter sneak up on you this year. Regardless of what climate you live in, performing a thorough cleaning and winterizing during the not-so-chilly months will not only protect your rental property from the elements, but give you some peace of mind. This calls for a trip to Home Depot.