With the winter weather approaching, many of us beginning getting exciting about the holiday preparations and festivities, but let’s not forget that that isn’t the only thing we should be prepping for winter. Our rental property needs just as much preparation to ensure that your home stays warm in cozy throughout the chilly winter nights.
Although many tasks do fall under your landlord’s responsibility, let’s explore the ways in which you can assist this winter by glancing at the tasks that are established for the tenant to complete. With careful preparation, you can quite possibly prevent a mid-winter crisis from occurring.
Check Your Furnace.
The first way in which you can plan for the colder days is by checking to see if your furnace is working. It is far better to run your furnace now to see if it kicks on than to wait until the middle of December because it can be harder to get a technician to your home during the winter season.
Keep Your Heat On.
Speaking of heat, when the temperatures drop, you’ll want to make sure that you leave your heat running. We all know that while it can be tempting to cut the heat when you are traveling over winter break, it wouldn’t be a pleasant sight to arrive home only to discover all your pipes froze. While it may be an idea that pops into your head to save money, remember that it can end up costing you quite a bit in the end.
Keep Your Attic Slightly Open and Your Tap Running.
Two other ways in which you can help prevent your pipes from freezing are by allowing your attic to remain slightly open and your water two remain running just a drop at a time. Both of these tips will help prevent pipe damage and costly repairs over the winter.
Prevent Slipping Hazards.
Next, you will want to make sure that you prevent slipping from occurring on your walkway and driveway area. We wouldn’t want those leaves or snow turning slippery and causing someone to fall while walking on your property. Plus, shoveling these areas will only add value and a pleasant curb appeal to your home.
Keeping your home safe and sound all winter should be one of your top priorities as a tenant. In addition to that, almost all the tips listed above are tasks you will want to continue repeating throughout the winter to prevent your home from unnecessary maintenance because of a lack of upkeep. If you are curious about what tasks your landlord specifically requires you to achieve, revert to your lease and always contact them with any questions you may have. This ensures that you are both on the same page and ultimately, that your home will be taken care of this winter season.
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