This week the NLA’s guest reporter, Nicole Baisden, offers her 5 top tips for keeping your property protected from the winter weather.
With the weather getting colder, every landlord dreads that call from a tenant to report a flood.
Follow these tips to help protect your property from the winter weather:
1) Keep your pipes warm
Cold, wet pipes can freeze in the winter months and, when they start to thaw, they can burst causing flooding. Check your pipes are insulated to prevent unwanted cracks and bursts.
2) Take precautions when leaving the property empty
If your tenants are going away for Christmas or will be leaving the property vacant for more than a couple of days, turn off the water supply to prevent leaks and floods. Also, it’s a good idea to leave the cupboards in kitchens and bathrooms open so warm air can circulate around the pipes.
3) Pull the plug on appliances whilst the property is empty
Unplugging appliances like refrigerators and kettles can not only save you money on electricity bills (they still use energy even when switched off) but can also keep the property protected from damages.
4) Maintain your boiler
Keep your boiler maintained throughout the year to help avoid breakdown during the cold winter months.
5) Keep the property warm
Leave heating on a low level throughout the day so that warm air can circulate throughout the property and can prevent types of mould and condensation.
6) Make sure the tenants have an emergency contact number
If you’re on holiday and something goes wrong with one of your properties, who should the tenant call? Before jetting to warmer climes, be sure to give your tenants a number they can contact in an emergency.
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