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Winterproofing Your Rental: Expert Tips for Landlords

Weather stripping being added to windows as part of the winterizing process in a rental property. Protecting the value of your investment requires you to prepare your rental property for each season. Once the leaves start to change color and the sun goes down, it’s time to get your Idaho Falls rental properties ready for the cold winter. To prepare a rental home for winter weather, landlords and property managers must perform critical maintenance tasks every year. As the owner, you must ensure that your property is prepared correctly and quickly. When winterizing a rental home, landlords must address several critical items yearly. 


Insulation and Sealing

Check your home for drafts and seal any gaps you find to reduce energy consumption and prevent heat loss. Anyplace where cold air can seep in, such as windows, doors, and cracks in the wall. Insulate both the attic and walls of your home in addition to sealing drafts. No matter what the weather is like outside, this will help you maintain a consistent temperature inside your home.


Heating System

You should conduct routine maintenance tasks like servicing the system, replacing air filters, bleeding radiators if necessary, and setting up a programmable thermostat. To make sure the heating system is operating effectively and safely, it must undergo a professional inspection and tune-up during maintenance. Check the electrical connections, test the ignition system, and clean the burners are all services provided by a professional.


Doors and Windows Solutions

Installing storm windows and doors is one of the most important steps to winterize your home. These windows and doors are made to provide an extra layer of insulation to help keep the cold out and warm air in. Heavy curtains or thermal blinds are also a good idea because they can help insulate the home even more. You should check the weather stripping around your doors and windows on a regular basis because it helps keep your home warm. Every year, it should be checked, and any damaged or worn weather stripping should be promptly replaced. Adding or replacing weather stripping on your home’s exterior doors and windows can keep cold air out more effectively, improving your home’s heating and energy efficiency.


Plumbing Precautions 

Winter weather can be hard on rental properties, especially the plumbing system. The water pipes in a house can freeze when the temperature drops, and if unattended, they can burst, causing significant damage to the property. To prevent freezing, it is essential to insulate water pipes. Open communication with tenants about the ideal temperature to maintain in the house, which is usually at least 58 degrees, is also crucial. Telling the tenants to keep the cabinet doors open during cold weather is another helpful tip. This will allow warm air to circulate the pipes and assist in preventing them from freezing.


Exterior and Structural Maintenance

Inspect the exterior for any gaps or cracks that could allow cold air to seep in as a first step in winterizing your home. Vinyl siding and window flashing can both have these gaps. Finding any gaps and filling them with caulk or insulation will help keep the heat inside and prevent cold air from entering your home. 

It’s also necessary to maintain your roof and gutters. This will help prevent leaks or damage that may result in cold air entering your home. The foundation and crawl space are two more important basic areas to pay attention to. Putting in the right insulation in these places can help keep your home warm and keep cold air out. To keep cold air from entering, make sure to seal any gaps in the foundation. You can ensure that your home stays warm and cozy all winter long by following these instructions.


Tenant Education

To keep tenants safe and healthy this winter, it is essential to teach them about necessary maintenance and emergency procedures. Include information on properly clearing sidewalks and driveways, how to prevent frozen pipes, what to do in the event of a power outage or heating system failure, and other pertinent topics. By giving tenants clear and complete instructions, landlords can help them be better prepared for any problems that may come up during the winter.


Regular Inspections

To make sure that potential problems are found and fixed before they turn into serious issues, regular property inspections during the winter are essential. Checking for leaks or damage to the roof, windows, and doors brought on by severe weather conditions like strong winds, heavy rain, or snow may be included in these inspections. 


Regular inspections also identify areas where energy efficiency can be improved, which leads to lower energy bills and a property that is better for the environment.


Where your rental properties are located may determine how harsh winter is, so it’s important to make sure they are ready for the weather. You can ensure that your property is adequately weatherized and energy-efficient by following these tips, which will give your tenants a comfortable and safe living environment.


If you have Real Property Management Southeast Idaho on your side, you can be sure that your residents will be happy, and your investment properties will be warm. Contact us online or at 208-522-2400 right now to learn more about our property management services in Idaho Falls and the nearby areas.

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