or how to keep your vacant property in top condition for showings during the upcoming winter months.
1. Maintain Internal Temperature
DON’T turn off your thermostat! This may be the most important advice! It could lead to frozen pipes. Keep the internal temperature between 12 and 17 Celsius.
2. Weather Stripping and Caulking
Doors and windows are the easiest places for drafts to enter your property. Replace or add weather stripping around doors, windows, and window panes Along with maintaining some heath, it will also prevent your pipes from freezing.
3. Gas Lines
Inspect gas lines for leaks and make sure they are in proper working condition.
Turn off the main water valve if the property will be unoccupied for a while. It is also wise to inspect pipes for any leaks or cracks and install insulation where needed. If the outside temperatures drop extremely low, then all interior water faucets (hot & cold) should be left with the water running at a fast drip or a low trickle.
5. Filters and Batteries
Replace batteries and filters in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
6. Snow and Ice Removal
If your property is near other buildings that will be occupied during the winter months, and to allow for the safe showing of the property to potential tenants, it is best to take preventative measures to decrease the likelihood of accidents. Lay salt on sidewalks and in the parking lot before any snowfalls, and hire a snow removal company ahead of time to clear snowfall and ice.
7. Periodic Visits
Check your property often for vandalism, break-ins, and unexpected internal temperature drops. You should also take the time to clear debris that may have accumulated.
8. Make Repairs ASAP
Delaying necessary repairs for fairer weather is the best way to worsen your damage and raise your costs down the road. Hire a professional to assess and repair the damage as soon as possible.