The summer bank holiday weekend is officially just around the corner! Use your extra day off to prepare your property for the autumn with our top tips.
While most of us wouldn’t like to admit that winter is indeed coming, landlords should always stay ahead when it comes to property maintenance. By using the forthcoming bank holiday weekend to its full potential, you can avoid a nasty surprise when the colder weather arrives.
Follow these tips to prepare your property now for the autumn season:
Check the heating system
If your tenants haven’t been using the heating system over the summer months, it is worth ensuring it is in good working order before the weather worsens. To check the system is working, turn the heating on and the thermostat up, and give it time to get going. Go around the property and check the radiators to make sure they are all heating as they should, and that there are no leaks or cold patches. You may need to bleed the radiators if there is air in the system. You may also like to book a service for your boiler.
Clear the pipes
With the leaves soon to be falling from the trees, your drainpipes and gutters will be more prone to blockage, so clear them out now to avoid potential damage. Making sure they’re clear now and checking them regularly over the next few months will help avoid overflow. Remember that if water runs down the outside of your house, damp could build up inside.
Examine the roof
Now is the perfect time to carefully examine your roof for any missing, broken or loose tiles. Any storms would make these issues worse, while heavy rain could cause expensive leaks. If we do experience any bad weather over the autumn, go back to the property to check that the roof is still okay – a loose tile may turn into a much more serious issue if it is not fixed as soon as possible.
Prepare the garden
While your tenants may have spent some time looking after the garden over the summer, it is likely that they won’t spend much time out there in the autumn months. Prepare the garden by clearing out any weeds, stray leaves and other debris that you find. It is also wise to move any potted plants, garden furniture or ornaments to safe places out of the wind to avoid chaos in the event of strong winds.
Review your property insurance
As a landlord, your rental property is a valuable asset that provides you with essential income. As such, it is vital that you protect it with the best cover available. That’s why Just Landlords offers the widest cover on the market, with 33 essential covers as standard. Check your current landlord insurance – is your provider offering you this much cover? Review your policy against Just Landlords here: https://www.justlandlords.co.uk/landlordinsurance
Check your insulation
Help your tenants save energy and money over the colder months by checking that the loft is adequately insulated and isn’t allowing heat to escape from the property. Ensuring that your tenants’ bills are as low as possible will encourage them to stay in your property for longer and prevent void periods for you. By putting measures in place now, you will not only prepare yourself for autumn, but also the new energy efficiency rules that are set to come in from 2018.
Repair any cracks
Check the property’s driveway for any cracks, as these are likely to worsen in the colder months and could lead to a tenant injury. Equally, if the property has a chimney, you should check the stack for any cracked cement or split pots. Storms may loosen these breaks and cause expensive damage. Use a trusted tradesperson to repair any cracks you spot and avoid weather-related loss.
How will you use your bank holiday weekend? Focus on your property now to prevent damage later!