With the colder weather upon us and with that comes a range of tasks you should complete to ensure your investment property is ready for the cooler months. Throughout the winter months, it’s typically cooler, wetter, and windier than in summer. This increases the potential for damage caused by low temperatures, mould, and winter storms. This article outlines how to prepare your investment property for winter.
Check property insulation
Up to 40% of heating can be lost through windows, so it’s a good idea to prepare for the winter months by ensuring all your property’s windows close properly. Not only is this also better for property security, but it can help your tenants save money on their utility bills. If there is any damage around the property’s windows, hire a professional to replace or add weather stripping.
Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
With people using heating and clothes dryers more over the winter months, it’s important to get your smoke alarms tested. There are regulation around how many smoke alarms must be installed in your property. Smoke Alarms are required to be checked annually.
Service and clean air conditioning units
If your property has a split-system air conditioning unit, that’s likely how your tenants will stay warm over winter. So you should engage a professional to have air conditioning units serviced and cleaned to make sure the filters are free of debris. It can also be faster to get your air conditioner repaired in the winter months than if it required repairs in the summer months.
Make sure your property is well ventilated
Mould can become a serious problem over the winter months. To combat this, it’s important that your property has adequate ventilation throughout, especially in damp rooms such as the bathroom and laundry. If damp rooms don’t have a window, an exhaust fan is a must. And if possible, your tenants should be opening all the windows and doors to let fresh air through the property regularly.
Clean the gutters
Before the rain and dampness of winter, it’s important to clean debris from gutters that may have accumulated over the summer months. If gutters are left dirty, this can cause a build-up of leaves, sticks and debris, which can block rainwater from flowing and result in leaking and flooding in your property. Your property manager can recommend a professional to check and clean the gutters to ensure this is done properly.
The winter months are a great time to cosy up in the warmth of your home, but it’s important to prepare your home for the cooler months. Taking some time to prepare your property for the cooler months will keep it in top condition while also ensuring your tenants are healthy and happy in your property.
Remember, this article is general in nature and is not financial or legal advice. Please consult your professional financial and legal advisors before making any decisions for yourself.