School has started and fall is in the air. The crisp air should be a sign to you that you need to get your investment properties ready for winter. It may not be cold yet, but there are a lot of things to be done to protect your investment from winter’s cold clutches.
Inside, you should do a number of things. First, find, repair and clean your storm windows so they are clean when you install them when the weather turns colder. Caulk your windows and window trim. Look for cracks in the trim around the windows and siding of your house (outside) and around the wood trim and inside the window sill (inside).
Have someone come out to clean and service your furnace. Change out the filter in your furnace as well. A clean and well running furnace will save your money on your utility bills. A dirty or poorly maintained furnace can cause carbon monoxide. Definitely not something you want for your tenants! Once the cold weather starts switch the direction of ceiling fans. They should run clockwise in winter to push warm air down and counterclockwise in the summer to push down cool air.
Outside you should check your decking for moisture and restain or reseal it. Touch up any exterior paint. This will prevent damage to your home by not allowing moisture through. Have your chimney cleaned and inspected. This is a big deal and a dirty chimney can cause fires or carbon monoxide problems.
Clean our gutters and downspouts. Clogged gutters can cause water to freeze and back up into your roofing material. It’s called ice damming. Also have your driveway sealed and cracks fixed. Letting cracks get water, snow and ice in will make them larger. Lastly, winterize lawn equipment and get the snowblower ready!
If all of this sounds like a lot, then have a property management company like Denver Realty and Rentals help you out!