The leaves are turning golden and there’s a definite nip in the air.
It also means that there’s a little more work to be done to maintain and look after your rental property, to ensure that it stays tip top during the colder months.
Here are some of our handy hints on how to get your property ready for autumn and winter:
- Clear out all gutters – removing leaves, moss and any plants that have decided to grow up there! This will prevent a backlog of water collecting in the gutters and pipes which could cause rainwater to gush over or could freeze and create a blockage.
- Inspect the roof – or get someone else to do it if you don’t have a head for heights! Make sure there are no loose tiles or holes and see if there are any signs of leaks or condensation on the ceilings. All these are issues are much more fixable if you catch them early.
- Have your boiler checked and serviced – so that when it has to work harder in the cold weather, it will be up to the job.
- Get the loft insulated – this saves money in terms of heating bills and is a good investment for the future of the property.
- Give the garden a good tidy up; mowing, removing moss, trimming back hedges and trees so that it’s all in good health for when the cold comes and looks neat and tidy. Pressure washing the paths and patio will prevent a build-up of mud and dirt which can get slippy when wet.
- Check the carbon monoxide detectors are working as they will be put to more use when the boiler and gas fires are running every day.
- Make sure that you have the contact details of an electrician and plumber that you trust – as the colder months can mean more faults and issues that need to be fixed quickly, such as problems with radiators.
Remember that keeping the property looking smart and in good working order will help the relationship that you have with your tenants as they’ll feel happier in the property and see that you are taking the time to make a happy living space for them.
We hope this blog gives you some help in preparing your investment property for the next few months.
Nick Fox started his property investment career 10 years ago and his portfolio has grown to one of the largest in the UK. Nick now mainly focusses on HMOs (houses in multiple occupation) and works to help others achieve property success too. Visit here to find out how he can help you.
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