3 Tips to Prepare your Property for Winter

Winter is coming … don’t get caught out in the cold!

One of the best ways to keep up with building maintenance in winter conditions is to know what needs to be done before cold weather sets in, and prepare your property, residents, and staff early.

Make Lists.
List Quick-Fix items that you can do early like check smoke alarms, chimneys, heaters, gutters.

List Time Consuming tasks that take more time, but are necessary like replacing roofs, railings, broken steps, faulty windows.

List Worst Case Scenarios and evaluate if you are equipped to handle the emergencies, e.g. flooding, roofs collapsing, trees falling.

List Foreseeable Service Requests that can’t be done in advance like clearing the daily snow, frozen pipes, etc..

Remember the most important part: Heating
During the winter, heat is the most important item in your apartment complex. It needs to work properly and consistently. Whether it’s gas or electric or you even have a chimney, service them in advance of winter to ensure that you won’t have problems come January.

– Complete Maintenance Early and Fix Items Quickly
Protect and prepare for winter by getting your checklist done early. During winter, make sure that you clear up snow, ice, and other hazards. Fixing this quickly will avoid a potential lawsuit.