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It’s essential for landlords to take care of their rental properties all year long, but maintenance responsibilities increase during the winter in most parts of the country. Landlords can take a few steps to winterize their properties and prevent serious maintenance issues before the cold weather strikes. Thorough preventative maintenance in advance of the winter can help tenants live more comfortably and can save landlords the trouble of solving serious maintenance issues during the coldest time of the year.


Schedule Plumbing Inspections

One of the most vulnerable parts of any property during the winter is the plumbing. Take time to schedule plumbing inspections for your rental properties before winter to identify any slow leaks and address other problems that might worsen due to cold weather. These inspections could help prevent pipes from freezing and bursting. Plumbers can also recommend appropriate treatments to protect a rental property’s plumbing during the winter.



Check Windows and Doors

Drafts can not only make a rental property uncomfortable, but also lead to increased utility costs. Check the windows and doors of your rental property and seal them as needed. It’s also a good idea to replace screen doors and windows with storm glass panels. Keeping your rental property free from drafts is one of the best ways to winterize it.


Install a Landlord Thermostat

Keeping your rental property a consistent temperature not only helps to keep tenants more comfortable during the winter but also saves money on utility costs. A landlord thermostat allows a property owner to maintain a consistent temperature within a rental property all winter long. This makes it easier to identify issues with the property’s HVAC system, keeps utility costs lower, and offers peace of mind.

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Landlord thermostats are effective investments for property owners any time of year, but they are especially valuable during the winter. Chicago Controls Thermostats, Inc. offers high-quality landlord thermostats configurable to a wide range of property types. Contact us today for more information about how these devices can help you maximize your rental property’s value this winter.


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