With winter approaching here are some tips to help you prepare.
Preparing your home for winter:
- Clean out the fireplace – you want to look for buildup such as cracks loose bricks or missing mortar.
- Clear out the gutters (eaves troughs) – clogged gutters can lead to leaks and damage to the foundation.
- Create an emergency kit – things in your kit should include: flashlight, non-perishable food items, warm clothes, candles, matches, blankets, battery powered radio, water, first aid kit and whatever you or your family may need in the event of a prolonged power outages (remember that we’re in Canada, and it gets cold without a heat source!).
- Have a professional check your heating system – your furnace may need a filter change, and you want to make sure everything is working properly.
- Some people have an electrician rewire their furnace so that they can power it with a gas fired generator in the event of a power outage. We did so last winter during the ice storm, and were able to keep warm, as well as power most of the gadgets we wanted during the several days before the power was restored.
- Turn off water going to outside water pipes – failure to do so will lead to pipes freezing and a costly fix!
Preparing your Rental Property for winter:
- Make Service calls – make sure everything is in working order. Remember that as a Landlord (depending on what your leases say, and if you have residential or commercial tenants), you may be responsible for certain essential property elements functioning well (for example, heating systems).
- Prepare for storms, bad weather, and instruct tenants on what to do in case of emergency – by having a plan in place it will help to reduce chaos when bad weather hits.
- Insulate the property and pipes – this will help to reduce the chances of pipes freezing
- Arrange snow clearing services – also make sure you have salt or an alternative on hand to clear door entrances and walkways
- Clean out the gutters and roof – remove debris and anything else that may freeze and cause damage.