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Looking after a rental property in winter

November 30, 2020 4:59 pm

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As a landlord, it is important that you take care of your property throughout the year but for many properties, winter is an especially vulnerable period and is the time when insurance claims are at their peak. This season, here are some top tips for safeguarding your rental house.

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Refresh the décor

Before winter, you may want to refresh the decor as there are many items you can do that will keep moisture from getting in, such as special damp proofing paint. Contact Decorators Cheltenham based company JS Decorating.

 

Maintenance of the boiler

You are obliged, as a landlord, to ensure that the boiler you have is in good working order. A major part of this role is an annual service. Repairs can be costly, but any small issues that can be rectified before they turn into more expensive affairs can be found by a routine service. Look for a company that offers insurance to cheap tenants, but guarantees that the most important things are covered.

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Safety Alarms and Lights Search

Your tenants want your property to feel safe and secure. It pays to ensure that the safety detectors and motion lights work effectively to minimise the risk of burglary during the darker months. Checking that the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning inside the property is also a good idea.

 

Insulate

This will boost the energy bills that you or your tenants have to pay if your rental property is poorly insulated. This is not good for anybody, so make sure that the apartment is as draught-proof as possible. While it will cost you to have fitted double glazed doors or windows or loft insulation, these are worthwhile investments to make; after all if they find their home costly to keep warm, tenants will quickly move on.

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