Seven Ways to Prepare Your Pontefract Rental Prope

Freezing temperatures can cause all sorts of property damage, so it’s vital that your rental is ready for the tough months ahead.Here’s a list of seven ways to winter-proof your property to avoid expensive repair bills and ensure that you and your tenants can rest easy on cold, dark nights.

Forecasters predict this winter will be cold and dry in our local area of Wakefield/ Pontefract – making it likely we’ll get lots of snow.
While this is excellent news if you’re a skier, if you’re a landlord, it means there’s no room for complacency when it comes to maintenance and repairs.
We asked our Lettings Specialist Danielle for her 7 Top Tips for being a proactive Landlord during the Winter.

1) Schedule a chat with your tenant and ask them if any minor issues need looking at (better to hear about problems now and rectify them). Also, check your tenant canlocate the stopcock. Explain that if a pipe bursts, they should turn off the mains water to minimise damage.

2) Have the boiler checked by a qualified professional and bleed the radiators so that they’re working efficiently.

3) Cover pipes that are located outdoors or in colder areas of the property with lagging so that they don’t freeze. A frozen pipe can mean no hot water or heating (a problem in itself), but it can also cause a bigger issue. If the pressure in the system builds up, the pipe could burst and cause extensive damage to floors, walls and ceilings.

4) Clear out the gutters and remove any leaves, twigs and moss. Also, check that the water is running off – you don’t want it building up in the guttering or running back onto the property. If this is the case, the water will seep into brick and timberwork and cause dampness.
5) High winds can wreak havoc on fences and sheds, so ensure that everything is fixed to the ground. Also, look out for wobbly gates or shed doors that don’t close properly (as they’ll flap about when it’s windy).

6) Check over your landlord insurance and note down the renewal date (just in case it’s due to expire over the holiday period). Ideally, your policy will cover flooding, water leaks and storm damage.

7) If you have outdoor lighting, ensure it’s in good working order. It’s reassuring for your tenants to see what they’re doing if they come home from work in the dark.
If you’d like more advice about managing a Wakefield/ Pontefract property over winter or to learn about our property management services, contact us here at RedRoots today on 01977 655 686 or