When the holidays are just around the corner, it’s a great time to start thinking about how to prepare for the colder weather. Depending on where you live, certain states can say below freezing for much of the winter season, leading to problems that you don’t experience year-round.
Here are some tips for keeping your tenants safe and warm during the winter season this year:
Prepare with the Basics
Ice melter, salter, shovels, sand, fuel, or generators are just some of the items your renters might need if you live in an area that calls for them. It’s also a good idea to encourage them to go to the store ahead of time so they aren’t trying to drive in unsafe conditions or finding the shelves already empty when they go to the store.
Watch the Weather
The best way to stay informed about unsafe weather is by getting regular alerts when a storm or low temperatures are coming. Local news site or The Weather Channel are great resources, and some will even allow you to sign up for text or email alerts to stay prepared.
Protect Your Pipes
Frozen pipes can be a big problem. Encourage tenants to keep their pipes warm and unrestricted with a few tips:
- Keeping the heat on and at no lower than 55 degrees, even when they leave the home
- Leaving cabinet doors in the bathroom and kitchen open to let warm air into the plumbing
- Leaving faucets dripping if the weather is very, very cold to keep some heat running through them
Help tenants keep the cold out by recommending insulated, rubber-backed curtains. These will help prevent the cold from being emitted through windows. They can also add some buffers under their doors to prevent the cold air from getting into the house. These simple tips can go a long way in reducing the winter bite inside — and in reducing the heating bill!
There are a lot of great things that come with the winter time of year, but dealing with cold-related home problems is not one of them. Help your tenants stay prepared in your rental property by giving them tips like these ahead of time!