Winter is fast approaching and that means additional winter preparation for property managers. Winter brings about a host of new potential issues, from increased heating costs to potential slip and fall injuries to tenants. Property managers may have to get many different properties in various locations ready for winter, adding to their already heavy workload. However, a little planning and organization can go a long way toward a smooth winter season.
Keeping tenants warm and safe this winter
Use these tips to help ensure your properties are ready for the colder weather and tenants are kept safe and warm.
- Indoor property maintenance: Check smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they’re working properly. Thoroughly check furnaces, pipes, and plumbing to hopefully avoid costly mid-winter repairs.
- Exterior property maintenance: Roofs can take a beating in the winter, being exposed to the harsh elements. Take the time to inspect roofs and gutters for any issues prior to the cold weather. Also ensure that any trees on the property are trimmed so there are no hazardous branches overhanging any buildings or walkways.
- Sidewalks/walkways/parking lots: One of the most important parts of a property manager’s job in the winter is to ensure that snow and ice removal is taken care of. Snow and ice can cause costly and painful injuries to tenants so this must be top priority. One way to accomplish this goal is to hire a snow removal contractor for all properties. If this job isn’t being hired out, property managers must make sure they have enough staff and the right equipment to take care of snow and ice removal themselves.
With some basic preparation and planning for the winter season, property managers can avoid costly property repairs and keep their tenants happy.