Are your rental properties ready for fall and the winter months?
If not, neglected preventative management on a rental property can get incredibly expensive. And leaving winter property prep, for the fall can have you scrambling to get things in order and when prices go up: Buying out of season, sees out of season pricing!
Work your rental properties from the inside out. Look for any daylight through doors or window edges. Seal any small cracks or openings. Most property managers know that $3 in caulk and weather stripping can save you thousands in avoiding water damage. If air can get in, so can water.
Change furnace filters and have fireplace chimneys cleaned before the chimney sweeps busy season. The same for testing your furnace. Find a problem before other property owners so you get repair people on site during their slow time. You wallet will thank you!
On the outside, inspect gutters, down spouts and drains. Think volume. When rain is extremely heavy, the sheer volume can over load systems. A small twig, or some leaves can slow things down considerably. This can easily cause water damage and even rot. Wet wood invites termites!
Use some form of weed management. Weeds have roots that open cracks that water can get in and freeze. Ice expands and can turn tiny cracks into large ones. Weeds also make it hard to shovel in winter.
These are all the protocols I’ve learned through my many years as a Philadelphia Property Manager. Timing is one trick my company uses to save each property we manage thousands in repairs.