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3 Ways to Prepare Your Rental Property for Winter

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Now that you’ve already jumped into the tasks to get your properties ready for the autumn months, it’s time to think about the winter months. There are still things you can do to save money on your energy bills. Add these additional items to your winter maintenance checklist:

  1. Tend to Your Trees

Mature trees add beauty to your rental property. On the other hand, all it takes is one bad storm to lead to disaster. Ice and snow are heavy, and buildup on rotting wood can lead to fallen trees. If a tree falls into your rental property, you’re looking at more than just a homeowner’s insurance claim. If someone becomes injured, you could be liable. Now is the time to prevent damage by looking for branches that could prove problematic. Trim tree branches or consider cutting dead trees down before they become a problem.

  1. Inspect Your Furnace/Thermostat

Tenants tend to switch on the furnace for the first time sometime in the autumn months. Getting it serviced can extend the life of your HVAC system. Change the filter first, which takes five minutes and keeps your unit running efficiently all season long. Consider calling a professional HVAC company for a tune-up, which will make your furnace run better and save you money in the long run.

Your thermostat should also be inspected and replaced (if necessary).  If its old and outdated, you may want to replace it regardless.  Chicago Controls manufactures thermostats that are tamper proof, so your tenant cannot abuse their heat this upcoming winter.

  1. Winterize Your A/C Unit

While you’re at it, tend to your air conditioning unit so it’s ready to go next summer. Simple steps like covering the exterior unit can make it run more efficiently and extend the life of your system.

Getting a head start on your fall maintenance checklist will prepare you and your tenants for the winter months ahead. Don’t forget to add these items, which will extend the life of your property and keep your HVAC systems running efficiently.