Autumn is the ideal time of year to winter-proof your rental property. With summer behind us, the temperature starts to fall, and weather conditions become more challenging. As a landlord, you should expect winter to be the busiest time of the year for carrying out property repairs and maintenance. However, if you are proactive in winter-proofing your property, you can help your tenant to make the most of the winter months.
We are pleased to say we have helped many North East landlords care for their rental accommodation, and here are our top tips to look after your rental property this winter.
Check your heating system
No matter what type of heating system you have at the rental property, it is vital you ensure it is in good working order. It makes sense to call out a professional to examine your boiler or heating system. If there are no problems, you can feel confident about your heating system in the winter. If there is an issue, it is best to deal with it before it becomes an emergency.
Review and improve the insulation of your rental property
Insulating your rental property makes sense. A well-insulated property is more energy-efficient. This helps you achieve a better EPC rating, and it helps your tenant enjoy lower energy bills. Therefore, improving or adding loft insulation, cavity wall insulation, and insulation around windows and doors allows landlords and tenants.
Fill all gaps
It is also sensible to fill any gaps around your home. When there are gaps or cracks in skirting boards, floors, windows or doors, a lot of heat is lost. By being proactive and filling these gaps and cracks, your rental property will retain more heat, which is always a positive outcome.
An affordable investment in draught excluders also makes a massive difference and will make your rental property a more welcoming place.
Clear your gutters
Not many people like the idea of clearing their gutters and drains, but this is an essential task. If you don't remove debris and leaves from these gutters and drains, you run the risk of a blockage. When water cannot flow away as expected, it can cause problems, perhaps even entering the rental property.
You shouldn't need to be told of the problems flooding and water damage causes in a property, so it is best to be proactive in minimising the likelihood of the issues. Even if you are unable or unwilling to clear your gutters and drains yourself, it makes sense to employ someone to do the job for you. A small outlay can provide a good return, and this will offer you and your tenant peace of mind.
Remove any garden furniture
If there is an outside area at your rental property, remove or secure furniture and items which won't be used over the winter months. Storing these items preserves them, and ensures they don't get blown away, or cause damage to the property.
If you're a landlord in the North East of England, and you're looking for support in letting property, please contact SK Property Management. We are pleased to say we have assisted local landlords in winter-proofing their property, and care for tenants, so contact us today for support.