Landlords, you have less than a week to book in a periodic inspection with your tenants if you want to visit your property before Christmas. If you do manage to schedule one in, we have the top ten things that you need to look out for…
Wintertime is the perfect opportunity to inspect your rental property and ensure that it could endure any of the terrible weather that the Met Office has forecast for us.
It’s unlikely that you will be visiting your rental property over the festive period, so it’s wise to get in touch with your tenants to give their place a pre-Christmas lookover, if possible.
Nevertheless, if your next periodic inspection must wait until the New Year, here are the top ten things you need to check for during a winter periodic inspection:
- Inspect the property’s roof and replace any cracked tiles – of course, arrange this with a professional if you are not comfortable.
- Clear the gutters and drains of leaves and debris – again, hiring a tradesperson could be a good option at this slippery time of year.
- Inspect the seals around windows and doors to ensure that they are tight.
- Ensure that insulation is in place on boilers, water pipes, tanks and in lofts.
- Isolate any outside taps and turn them off at their stopcocks – this will prevent freezing and subsequent bursting.
- Bleed the radiators and have the boiler serviced.
- Ensure that any trees close to the property are not in danger of being blown over and causing damage.
- Ensure that outbuildings, such as sheds and greenhouses, are in good repair and are able to withstand any stormy conditions.
- Stock up on candles and batteries in case of power failure – it’s a nice gesture to bring these to your tenants on your visit.
- Make sure that your tenants know where the stopcock is, so that they can turn it off if a pipe bursts.
For general tips and recommendations on conducting a periodic inspection of your rental property, read our helpful guide: https://www.justlandlords.co.uk/news/landlords-guide-periodic-inspections
At this festive time of year, we encourage all landlords to not only make sure that their properties are in a good state of repair, but also to help their tenants feel comfortable and cosy in their properties. For some handy tips, click here.