7 Ways To Winterize Your Rental Properties
There’s nothing like the peace of mind you’ll have by taking a few steps to get your rental properties ready for cold (in some cases, extremely cold) weather. Add these 7 steps to your checklist:
- Clean those gutters – Once the leaves fall, remove them and other debris from the home’s gutters. As you’re hosing out the gutters, look for leaks and misaligned pipes. Also, make sure the downspouts are carrying water away from the house’s foundation, where it could cause flooding, freezing or other water damage.
- Block any leaks – One of the best ways to winterize your home is to simply block obvious leaks around your house, both inside and out. Outside, seal leaks with weather-resistant caulk or other recommended materials.
- Check the insulation – Regardless of the climate conditions, insulate the attic at a minimum of 12 inches.
- Check the furnace – It’s a good idea to have furnaces cleaned and tuned annually.
- Get your ducts in a row - According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a home with central heating can lose up to 60% of its heated air before that air reaches the vents if ductwork is not well connected and insulated, or if it must travel through unheated spaces. Ducts also should be vacuumed once every 3 years, to clean out the abundant dust, animal hair and other elements that can gather in them and cause problems.
- Don’t forget the chimney – A chimney should be inspected annually for soot build up, cracks and issues.
- Wrap those pipes – Make sure all pipes are covered and protected
Take the precautions necessary to protect your buy-to rent investments. As a rental property owner, take particular extra care because you’re not there all the time to witness the items that may need work. Visit us at www.b2rfinance.com and follow us on Twitter @B2RFinance.
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