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Landlords: Care For Your Rental Home In Winter

Being a landlord is difficult and there will be demands on your time all year round. However, landlords are likely to be busiest in winter because challenging weather conditions and lower temperatures cause more problems at home. If you are a landlord, it is important that you care for your rental home in winter and Hansons Estates is on hand to help you care for your property and your tenants.

Focus on gutters, drains and your roof

A blocked gutter or drain looks unappealing, but they can also pose large risks to your home. It is therefore important to remove leaves, debris and mud from these items in order to minimise the likelihood of water damage occurring at your home.

No one likes the idea of clearing drains or unblocking gutters, there is a lot of dirty work involved, but the benefits that come from having clear gutters and unblocked drains are essential in creating a happy home environment.

It is also important to have roofs examined in winter to ensure that there are no missing tiles or slates which could cause problems.

Heating and lighting are essential in winter

Boiler failure is likely to be the most common issue for landlords to deal with in winter, so be prepared for work in this area. If you are proactive, it is always best to hire a professional to check your boiler before winter but this isn’t always possible.

As a landlord, there are some tasks that are best left to professionals and this is the case with boiler work. Always rely on a qualified professional, so make sure you have the contact details of a trusted local specialist who can attend as and when required.

Even if your boiler is in good working order, it is important to take steps to ensure the home is properly heated in winter. Lagging your pipes is always a smart idea and it is recommended that a low level of heat is maintained throughout the house, reducing the likelihood of condensation.

Review the insulation of your home

If your home has poor insulation, the impact will be felt most in winter. Therefore, make sure you review the condition of your window frames and door frames. If there are any cracks or gaps, it is best to have them repaired or replaced as soon as possible. Minimising the problems associated with poor insulation helps your tenants but it will also improve the condition and value of the home, which is important for landlords in the longer-term.

Most landlords should be aware of the benefits of having an energy efficient home, so take steps to ensure your home is in good condition.

Being a landlord is challenging, especially in winter when tenants have more demands on your time and services. If you need a helping hand caring for your rental property and ensuring tenants are well looked after, contact Hansons Estates. We are pleased to say we have helped many landlords in the local area and if you’re looking to protect your rental property for the short and long-term, we are here to assist you.

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