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Top 5 Winter Care Tips For Landlords

  17 Jan 2019

It is natural that landlords face many problems in winter. This is a challenging time of year and difficult weather conditions can negatively impact how tenants feel at home. Of course, when a tenant is unhappy, a landlord has problems, and they need to be able to respond to these issues as quickly as possible or prevent them from happening in the first place.

At Jezzards, we are pleased to say we have helped many landlords care for their property and tenants in winter. We know the key tips to care for the property, and if you are looking to ensure that winter runs as smoothly as possible for your rental accommodation, follow our top 5 winter care tips for landlords.

  1. Clean out your gutters
  2. Bleed your radiators
  3. Lag your pipes
  4. Check the frames of windows and doors
  5. Be proactive in dealing with challenging conditions

Landlords can improve the value of their home by caring for their property

Hopefully, you will find that these tips don’t take a long time, but the impact of carrying out this work will benefit landlords and tenants in the short and long-term.

Clean out your gutters

Dirty and blocked gutters look unappealing but they also cause problems in and around the home. A blocked gutter increases the chances of flooding or water damage at home, so in winter, it is essential that you clean your gutters.

Bleed your radiators

It is imperative that tenants feel warm and comfortable during the winter, so it is important that the heating elements in the home are in good working order. If there is trapped air in your radiators, which can be found when the bottom of the radiator is warm and the top of the radiator is cold, you need to bleed the radiator.

If you know what you are doing, or you follow tutorial videos online, this is a simple process that will make a massive difference when it comes to warming a home and ensuring people feel comfortable.

Lag your pipes

The impact that burst or frozen pipes have on a home is huge, and this outcome should be avoided at all times. A sensible is to lag your pipes, as this will maintain the temperature of your pipes, minimising the likelihood of your pipes freezing.

Check the frames of windows and doors

One issue that comes to the fore in winter is if your window frames and/or door frames are in poor condition. If there are cracks or gaps in the frames, take steps to repair or replace these gaps. If you retain more warm air and prevent cold air from entering your home, you should find it easier to maintain a good temperature at home, and without costing too much money.

Be proactive in dealing with challenging conditions

It is always best to be prepared and dealing with certain weather conditions is easier if you have the right equipment and materials to hand. A savvy landlord will invest in shovels, torches, grit and maybe even sandbags to place into rental accommodation. If the weather is challenging, tenants will have equipment that will help them to stay safe and secure at home.

If you’re a landlord looking to care for your home or tenants this winter, or you just want to make the most of 2019, contact Jezzards and we will be happy to help. We offer a wide range of lettings services to suit landlords of all experiences. Whether you are looking for a letting only service, rent collection with our free rent guarantee as standard or even our fully managed service with rent guarantee and free property maintenance cover, we are able to help. To find out more, contact our dedicated lettings team on 03330 433 633.


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