With cold temperatures, rain, wind, snow, hail and other challenges, it is no surprise that more things go wrong in the home at this time of year than any other.
Therefore, landlords can expect to be busy over winter, but there are ways for tenants and landlords to protect the home and improve their chances of enjoying winter. There is also a lot to be said for being proactive and here are five winter care tips for tenants and landlords.
- Clean your guttering
- Check seals on doors and windows
- Check your insulation
- Review the condition of trees
- Install a snow removal plan or a plan to deal with challenging weather conditions
Follow some or all these tips to protect property this winter
Even if you are pushed for time, you should be able to carry out some or even all these tasks this winter.
Clean your guttering
A messy or blocked gutter is unappealing, but it also poses a major threat to a home. A blocked gutter will likely lead to water overflowing, and if this water finds its way into the home, it will cause problems.
Therefore, it is essential that gutters are cleaned in winter and even though it is a messy job that few people like, it is vital that it is carried out.
Check seals on doors and windows
When you have gaps or cracks in windows and doors, hot air escapes your home and cold air enters. This creates a cold and miserable atmosphere in the home and it also leads to higher energy bills. No tenant wants these outcomes and in the long run, a cold and miserable home will have a negative impact on a landlord too.
Therefore, this is an important aspect of the home to care for, so examine door and window frames carefully. If there are obvious gaps or holds, repair or replace them as best as you can.
Check your insulation
It is also important to ensure your insulation is in great condition in winter. Whether you have exterior wall insulation, cavity wall insulation or roof insulation, or a combination of all three, it needs to be in good condition.
Reviewing and improving the standard of your insulation makes the home warmer and more comfortable in the short-term, keeping tenants happy. In the long-term, the positive impact on the home enables landlords to rent the property for a higher price.
Review the condition of trees
If there are trees on or close to your property, it is important to review their condition in winter. Trees in poor condition pose a risk to people and property. Loose limbs and branches may be blown off during challenging weather conditions and of course, if a tree falls or is blown over, there could be serious damage.
Install a snow removal plan or a plan to deal with challenging weather conditions
Being prepared for the worse eventualities is sensible, and tenants and landlords should construct plans for dealing with the worst weather. Investing in shovels, torches, grit and even sandbags will ensure that no matter the weather, a tenant can deal with challenging weather conditions straight away.
At Holmes, we know the problems tenants and landlords face in January. If you are looking for support at this time of year, contact us and we will be delighted to help.