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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 get your rental property ready for each season. As the days get shorter and the leaves begin to change, it is time to start thinking about winterizing your Brookline rental properties.

Every year, landlords and property managers are required to perform critical maintenance tasks in order to prepare a rental home for the upcoming winter months. 

As the owner, you must know that your property is prepared correctly and efficiently. When winterizing a rental home, landlords must address several critical items yearly. 


Insulation and Sealing

Check for drafts in your home and seal any gaps you find to reduce energy consumption and stop heat loss. This includes any areas where cold air can seep in, such as windows, doors, and cracks in the walls.

Insulate both the attic and walls of your home in addition to sealing drafts. Regardless of the weather outside, this will help you to maintain a consistent temperature inside your home.


Heating System

You should conduct routine maintenance tasks such as system servicing, air filter replacement, radiator bleeds if necessary, and thermostat installation.

Maintaining a safe and efficient heating system requires a professional inspection and tune-up as part of the service process. The ignition system will be tested, and the burners will be cleaned, by a qualified technician who will also check the electrical connections.


Doors and Windows Solutions

Installing storm windows and doors is a crucial step in helping to winterize your home. These unique 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 another option that can help insulate the home.

In order to maintain your home’s heating efficiency, it is essential to routinely check the weather stripping around your doors and windows. Every year, you should check it over, promptly replacing any damaged or worn weather stripping. Adding or replacing weather stripping on exterior doors and windows can keep cold air out more effectively, improving your home’s heating and energy efficiency.


Plumbing Precautions 

Particularly in terms of the plumbing system, winter weather can be harsh on rental properties. Water pipes in a house can freeze and burst when the temperature drops, causing significant damage to the property if left unattended. It is critical to insulate water pipes to avoid the risk of them freezing during the winter.

In addition, it is crucial to have open communication with tenants about the optimal temperature to maintain in the house, which is usually at least 58 degrees. 

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 that could allow cold air to seep in as a first step in winterizing your home. Vinyl siding and window flashing are two common places where these spaces can form. Finding any gaps and filling them with caulk or insulation is crucial to 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 to your home that could result in cold air entering your home. The structure’s underpinnings, such as its foundation and crawl space, should also receive attention. Having these areas properly insulated will help to keep your home warm and draft-free. 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 simple steps.


Tenant Education

To ensure the safety and well-being of tenants during the winter, it is essential to educate them on necessary maintenance and emergency procedures. Include information on properly clearing sidewalks and driveways, preventing frozen pipes, what to do in the event of a power outage or heating system failure, and other pertinent topics. Tenants will be better prepared to deal with any issues that arise during the winter if they have access to clear and comprehensive guidelines.


Regular Inspections

It is essential to conduct routine property inspections during the winter to spot potential problems early and fix them before they get out of hand. Checking for leaks or damage to the roof, windows, and doors brought on by severe weather conditions like high winds, heavy rains, or snow may be included in these inspections. 

Regular inspections also identify areas where energy efficiency can be improved, leading to lower energy bills and a cleaner environment.


Depending on where your rental properties are located, winter can be a brutal season, so it’s important to make sure they’re ready for it. You can ensure that your property is adequately weatherized and energy-efficient by following these guidelines, which will give your tenants a comfortable and safe living environment.


With Real Property Management Boston on your side, you can rest assured that your tenants will be satisfied and your investment properties will be secure no matter what the future brings. Contact us at 617-522 0099 today to learn more about our property management services in Brookline and the surrounding areas.

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