Here’s a to-do list to help you prepare your property for the winter.
1. Look for holes or dents in the walls, ceilings, and baseboards. This type of repair is certainly something you can do yourself, but if that’s not possible, you shouldn’t have a hard time finding a local contractor who can take care of it for you.
2. Look for stains on the carpet. Accidental spills will happen no matter who’s staying in your property, so check underneath the beds, sofa, chairs, etc., and clean any stains. This is especially important if you allow pets in your unit.
3. Fix any leaky faucets. Leaky faucets are costly for both the environment and your water bill, so you don’t want a faucet leaking throughout the entire winter. Also, if the pipe connected to that faucet freezes over the winter, that will spell disaster for your property come springtime. That’s why, in addition to fixing leaky faucets, you can also just shut off the water and not worry about it.
4. Ensure your HVAC unit is running properly. Call a heating and air company and have a professional clean and test your HVAC unit. This is the best way to ensure that it will be up and running next year. It will also prevent you from having to pay emergency fees to fix it if it breaks in the middle of winter.
5. Get rid of any leftover food. You don’t want rodents making a haven out of your home during the winter due to all the free food you left them.
6. Clean the linens. Wash and store any bedsheets, pillowcases, comforters, etc., so they’re ready to be put out again next vacation season.
7. Secure or store any deck furniture, grills, and watersport items. Storms and high winds can sneak up quickly this time of year, so you don’t want to be caught rushing to your property to batten down any outdoor items before an impending squall hits. If these items are left unattended, they can cause damage to your home and your neighbor’s.
If you’d like to know more about keeping your home well-maintained over the incoming months or would like help with any of the items on this list, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’d love to help you.