Though the trees are looking magical with their beautiful Autumn colours, the cooler nights and shorter days are a good indication that Winter is just around the corner.
You might be looking for your woolly socks at night, but the days are perfect for preparing your rental property for the colder months.
Tick these items off your list and you’ll be able to curl up in front of the fire, sip that hot chocolate, and rest easy knowing your rental property is ready for Winter.
#1 Trim, Treat and Trash
Winter is a time when garden growth slows down. So, one of the most important things to do around your rental property in Autumn is to trim trees and hedges, treat with disease prevention solutions, and rake and trash fallen leaves.
Have a good inspection of mature trees. Old branches can become more brittle in Winter, so if a child happens to be climbing along them, they could be more prone to snapping and falling, causing serious injury.
And when you’re raking or vacuuming up those leaves, don’t forget to check the roof and gutters. Keeping gutters clear of leaves is sensible during any season, but in Winter particularly, the moisture in the air can cause the leaves to go mucky and mouldy which could damage your roof and guttering.
Whilst your lawn will be in ‘hibernation’ mode in Winter, it doesn’t mean you should let it go. Applying fertiliser to your lawn in Autumn will not only keep it looking amazing through Winter, but it will ensure it bounces back beautifully in Spring. If you do this, your tenants could have the best looking lawn in the neighbourhood during Summer, and they’ll love you for it.
#3 Patch and Protect
Gaps around external doors, windows and any other opening can appear over time with movement. Have a good walk around your property and test any drafty areas using a piece of tissue paper. If there is any air entering the house, the paper will move.
Seal gaps, patch any widening or cracks, and install weather strips on the bottom of external doors. Doing this will not only protect the indoors from the outdoors in terms of cold, it will keep out any mice or other critters looking for a warm place to call home. It can also help any heating appliance to be more energy efficient.
Of course, these are only a handful of things you can do to ensure your rental property is ready for Winter but we think they’re the top three.
And if you’re not inclined to do any of this yourself, ask us for recommendations on contractors in your area who’d be happy to check on your property for you.