Property Management in Grand Rapids: Overcoming the Challenges of an Icy Winter

Property Management in Grand Rapids: Overcoming the Challenges of an Icy Winter

Wintertime can mean fun in the snow and days off from school, but for property owners and renters, an icy winter can be a major hassle.  Inclement weather can, for example, freeze your pipes, flood your basement, or even cause ice dams to form on your roof.  These issues are not only inconvenient – they can be downright expensive.  Overcoming these types of wintertime challenges means using preventive strategies ahead of time, rather than merely reacting to problems as they occur.  It’s an ongoing process that requires vigilance and a willingness to spend a little bit of money in order to save a lot of it later.


Don’t get me wrong – not everything costs money.  For example, property managers can simply take the time and effort to conduct frequent walk-through inspections during the winter months.  Taking a closer look if a furnace has stopped working or if a pipe that’s near a wall is not getting enough heat is a small action that could prevent big repair bills.  Moreover, checking heat levels throughout the property is something that ought to be done on a regular basis by any property owner or by a qualified property manager.


When was the last time you conducted an HVAC checkup on your property?  Professional property managers know that this task needs to be done each and every winter.  This is even more so if your region suffers from icy, harsh winters.  Just because a furnace hasn’t had problems in the past doesn’t mean that it will continue to withstand extreme temperature drops.  While you’re at it, check to see if there’s enough heat tape in all the right places on the property.  Make sure that the water supply piping as well as the shutoff valves are properly protected with the right amount of heat tape.


Then there’s the crucial matter of wintertime roof maintenance.  Roofs can take a real beating when temperatures drop, and it might surprise you to learn that the best time to address this issue is during warmer weather.  Roof inspections and repairs are best performed at least once in the summer and then again when the cold weather begins to set in.  Top property managers know that these semi-annual inspections are a key component of any roof’s life span.


Maintaining your property during a particularly icy winter can be a real challenge, but it’s a challenge that you don’t have to face all by yourself.  Access Property Management Group is always here to assist you with anything and everything related to property management in Grand Rapids, MI, even in the coldest winter months.  Rental property management is our specialty, and you are invited to learn more about Access Property Management Group at or give us a call at (616) 301-9450.  Ask us about our free rental analysis with no obligations and no strings attached.  Don’t let the winter weather wreak havoc on your property… Call Access Property Management Group today.

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About the author

Justin Bajema, CPM® is the Founder & President of Access Investment Group, LLC and Access Property Management Group, LLC. He holds the coveted CPM® designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM).His love for everything Real Estate and business began with one book sent to him while he was returning back from the war in Iraq in 2003, "Rich Dad Poor Dad" by Robert Kiyosaki.Justin is a proud U.S. Marine combat veteran who served 2 tours in Iraq as an infantryman. He received the Purple Heart from Commander in Chief President George Bush for his wounds received in action while fighting in Iraq.He has successfully put together numerous real estate investment holdings from single-family homes to multi-million dollar apartment community deals.