As rewarding as it can be, property management requires constant vigilance of owners and a dedication to lessee comfort as a top priority. The winter months present landlords with especially trying times which are typically a result of the cold temperatures and freezing precipitation.
Below are some critical items landlords need to know about during the winter months.
Snow and ice can quickly accumulate on all surfaces, especially in the cold Detroit Metropolitan area. You may be required by your town, city, or municipality to keep parking lots and walkways free of snow and ice. This duty is equally as important for reducing the likelihood of injuries on property. Working to proactively apply salt and remove snow and ice can reduce your risk of liability.
Most landlords associate an increase in heating costs with the declining temperatures. There are some things you can do to reduce wastefulness. First, check all windows and doorways for tight seals. Many older windows and doors deteriorate over time which can make it difficult to insulate a property. Weather stripping around doorframes is equally important in keeping the cold out in the winter months.
Safety is always the top priority for landlords. Take a few minutes to check and replace batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. These devices are lifesaving and super simple to check.
Keeping tenants in the loop is most important during the winter months. Work with your lessees to have all external pipes shut off before temperatures dip below freezing and ask that residents always keep heat on even if they plan on leaving for a vacation. Interior pipes can freeze and burst when the heat is turned completely off.
An option for property owners in the tri-county area looking to make their lives easier is to hire a company to manage their property. The team at Motor City Property Managers offers landlords full interface capability with lessees, completion of all required maintenance, timely rent collections, and extensive marketing campaigns to keep your property fully leased.
If you seek top quality property managers for any of your properties, please contact our team today.