Do you think it’s really easy to maintain properties throughout the year? Well, properties managers are entitled to a task of keeping their tenants happy and satisfied. If something goes wrong with the property, it’s the managers who are blamed for while if something good related to the property leaves the tenants impressed, it’s again those property managers who earn the praises. So, apart from keeping the lawns clean and clear, replacing old light bulbs or fixing plumbing issues, property managers are also required to take care of properties during the winter. Right from shoveling snows, fixing damaged railings to keeping the building paint sustained, property managers have a long list of duties during winters to ensure that the building looks great.
As a matter of fact, building maintenance is indeed a compulsion in a windy and snowy climate. So, a wise thing for managers is to stay a bit alert before winter sets in and start affecting the look of the property. If you are, therefore, planning to allure good tenants, you need to know how to make your property beat the wintry chills so that it looks unshaken even during such adverse climates. Here are a few tips to get your property ready for winter:
Prepare a list
Believe it or not, this is not something industrious as it will hardly take time to do it. While preparing the list, keep in mind all those issues you had faced in the past and check whether they were solved or can be solved.
-For instance, prepare a list of quick-fix items, like checking heaters, chimneys, smoke alarms, gutters etc.
-Next, take note of all those items, which are a bit time-consuming but essential, like replacing faulty windows, broken steps, replacing roofs and railings etc.
-List all those things that might land you up in emergencies, like taking care of collapsing roofs, flooding, trees falling etc.
-The fourth type of listing will be related to service requests that might come anytime any day during winters by tenants. Fixing frozen pipes, clearing daily snow etc. are some of the service requests that tenants have high chances to come up with. So, make sure you are able to fix up these things before making tenants occupy the property.
Bad weather conditions are always unpredictable as it will never give you sufficient time to safeguard your property from damage. But if you can keep the above list ready, your tenants will know that you care for them, which will certainly be a big reward in your profession. So, let’s see what’s next to be done.
Wrap up the maintenance work as soon as possible
Once you are ready with your list, get on with the things to be done. Apart from those, make sure the roof is fine and there are no serious concerns with it. While making your workers work, keep gasoline for snow blowers, salt bags for driveways and walkways and all other essential things that will be required during icy weather conditions. Although these items may be a bit hard to find, it’s always better to get them as early as possible before the season.
Check the heating requirements
A key area for weather maintenance during winter is heating, and tenants who will be coming to stay here will probably look for this aspect during winters. In that case, it is extremely crucial for you to ensure that the heat circulation system is good enough and most importantly consistent. Suppose, if the apartment makes use of natural gas heat, make sure that the furnace is serviced and fine to be used. If regular maintenance is not taken for the gas furnace, it may pose heavy risks for residents who will not find it easier to stay in extreme cold.
Clear off your chimneys
The biggest advantage of keeping chimneys clear is to keep them work properly for proper heat. So, make sure that the home chimneys are working properly. If your parking lots and walkways are free of snow and ice, you will surely stay away from not only complaints but also accidents.
So, you see why it takes a lot of effort to keep the properties maintained during winters. With a little help of the landlord, the community people and the existing residents, you can make your job easier instead of doing so singlehandedly. This will not only keep the properties maintained but also ensure complete safety for everyone living in the community.