Winterize Rentals in Northern Climates

Hi, this is Jenny with Access Property Management Group, and I’m here today to tell you that…winter is coming! OK, I know it’s a little dramatic, but winter will be here before we know it. I know in some parts of the country people can get away with using freeze sensors and extra insulation but in the northern climates its a must to winterize rentals. I want to give you some tips on how to winterize a rental and get it ready for the freezing months.

Contact Residents

At Access Property Management Group, the first thing that we do to winterize a rental is we send out an email blast to all of our residents and remind them to check their furnaces. This encourages residents to turn them on before it gets really cold. This does two things. One, it makes your resident happy because they don’t have to endure a freezing cold apartment or home. And two, it saves you as investor because you don’t have to send out an HVAC personnel as an after hours emergency call.

Fraking leaves, fallall Clean Up

The next thing that you want to do to winterize a rental is schedule your fall clean up. Landscape companies are starting to become very busy, so it’s good to do this as soon as possible to get on their schedule. You are going to want to check your gutters and make sure that they are cleaned out. This prevents ice damage and ice buildup from occurring. It can become very dangerous if you have a lot of ice buildup and can cause a lot of damage as well.

Stock up on Salt

Finally, to winterize a rental you will want to stock up on your salt and ice melt. You want to be ready when that first freeze happens because you don’t want anybody slipping on slippery walkways.

Interested in learning more about Maintenance of a rental? Check out our blog on City Inspection Sticker for Furnaces and Water Heaters.

About the author

Jennifer Bajema is the Co-founder of Access Property Management Group. She has worked in every part of the company, but now focuses on client education and business growth. Her experience in running a property management business is now over 10 years!