Tips to Tell Your Renters How to Winterize Your Rental Property and Minimize Winter-Related Damage

Tips to Tell Your Renters How to Winterize Your Rental Property and Minimize Winter-Related Damage

Winterizing a rental property is essential to help prevent any winter-related damage.

Of course, there may be unavoidable or unforeseeable damage, but preparing for the harsh weather as much as possible can keep your tenants safer and reduce expenses from repairing your income property.

So what tips should you tell your renters in preparation for winter storms? We suggest making a list of the following tips to share with your tenants to help keep everyone safe and protect your investment property.

Exterior Winterization Tips

Ask your tenants to check the following items in preparation for extreme winter weather:

  • Exterior hoses. It’s unlikely that your tenants will be using any exterior hoses in the winter, so advise them to turn these off to prevent damage from freezing temperatures.
  • Windows and doors. Ask tenants to notify you of any drafts, cracks, or moisture in or around windows and doors, as these will need to be repaired before winter.
  • Remove AC units. If the property has a window AC unit, ask the tenant to remove it and properly drain and clean it before storing it for the winter.
  • Move outdoor furniture inside. Outdoor furniture or items such as grills or décor may need to be moved inside to prevent damage during the winter season.

Interior Winterization Tips

Inside, have your tenants check:

  • Heating elements. Have them ensure the heating is working properly before the cold weather sets in if you have not already had the system serviced.
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. These alarms should be tested to ensure they are working, especially if the property has a fireplace or furnace.
  • Attic insulation. If applicable, have your tenants verify the attic insulation is in good condition before the cooler temperatures settle in. Doing so will ensure heat is retained in the home and potentially lower energy bills.

You can keep these interior and exterior winterization tips at your rental property for tenants and send them a copy via mail or email.

For Extreme Weather

When there will be extreme winter weather, such as a snowstorm or very low temperatures, ask your tenants to keep their thermostat set to a minimum of 60 degrees to help prevent pipes from freezing inside the house. In addition, faucets should be set to a slow drip. In some cases, it may also be necessary to insulate pipes. These are also good tips if your tenants plan on being away during severe winter weather.

Maintenance You Should Do as a Landlord 

Inspecting your rental property and the above elements before winter as the cold weather approaches is always wise. As a landlord, you should also:

  • Service the heating system if necessary
  • Have the roof inspected
  • Clean the chimney
  • Have a clean-up plan for snow and ice on sidewalks and driveways
  • Establish an emergency communication plan with your tenants for severe storms or power outages

Protect Your Property Through All Seasons

You can protect your investment property through every season with help from the property management professionals at FAS Management. We have been working with property owners in the nation’s capital since 1946 to help tenants and landlords stay safe during severe weather. 

Contact us today at (202) 337-5080 to learn more.

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