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The winter is fast approaching and the cold weather could have an adverse effect on your buy to let property.
To avoid expensive repair bills, it is important to take preventative action. A few simple checks on your property prior to the cold really settling in will help you stay stress free and keep your tenants happy over the winter.
Follow these simple tips:
• Ensure there is sufficient ventilation
Closed windows and heating can cause condensation during the winter which can lead to damp and mould problems.
A quick check can determine if extractor fans and window vents are working in bathrooms and kitchens.
• Get the boiler serviced
Before the cold weather hits, make sure to check that the boiler and radiators are in good condition as the heating system probably hasn’t been used for many months.
If the radiator is colder at the top than the bottom, it usually means that it needs ‘bleeding’ which realises any trapped air in the system that could have been preventing heat circulation.
• Check the pipes
Water pipes with cracks, leaks or blockages are at risk of bursting if they freeze and expand so it might be worth applying insulation for extra protection against frost.
Ensure that your tenants know how to turn off the water supply if the worst happens as this can minimise damage.
• Check the roof
Check the roof for any broken or missing tiles which could allow for rainfall to leak in to the property.
While you’re on the roof, take the opportunity to clear your guttering and also clear drains of autumn leaves and debris.
• Pathways and Lighting
Providing your tenants with grit for pathways and drives can help avoid falls in icy conditions. Also check that any outside lighting is in full working order.
A spokesperson for Discount Landlord commented: “The winter months can be very expensive for landlords who do not prepare their properties for the cold weather. Sometimes damage can be inevitable, however landlord insurance can help minimise the costs.”
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