Protecting your property during the cold winter months...

15.11.2023
Auction House Scotland

Maintaining a property during the winter months is crucial for preventing damage and ensuring a safe and comfortable living environment. Here are some comprehensive tips for property owners during the winter months.

Winterize Plumbing: As temperatures drop, the risk of frozen pipes increases. To prevent this, insulate exposed pipes, especially in unheated areas like basements and crawl spaces. During extremely cold nights, allow taps to drip slightly to keep water flowing, reducing the likelihood of freezing.

Heating System Maintenance: Schedule a professional inspection and maintenance of your heating system before winter sets in. This ensures that your heating system operates efficiently during the colder months. Regularly replace filters to maintain optimal airflow and energy efficiency. Consider installing a programmable thermostat to regulate temperature and save on energy costs.

Insulate Your Property: Check for drafts around windows and doors and seal them with weather stripping or caulking. Proper insulation in lofts, walls, and basements helps retain heat, reducing the workload on your heating system and saving energy.

Correct Insurance: Prepare your property for winter with comprehensive insurance. Homeowners coverage shields your structure and belongings from cold-related risks. Include flood protection for water threats, and windstorm insurance for winter storms. 

Check the Roof: Inspect the roof for damaged or missing tiles and make necessary repairs. Remove accumulated snow if it poses a risk of structural damage. 

Bleeding Radiators: Use a radiator key to release trapped air from radiators. Begin by turning off the heating system and opening the bleed valve on each radiator until water starts to flow. 

Fences and Gates: Prepare your property for winter by conducting a thorough assessment of fences and gates. Apply protective treatments, such as sealants for wooden structures, and lubricate gate hardware. Promptly remove snow, avoid corrosive deicing agents, and secure any loose components.

Safety Measures: Test and install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, ensuring they are in working order. Well-lit pathways and clear emergency exits are essential for occupant safety, especially during winter months when visibility may be reduced.

Monitor Vacant Properties: If your property is vacant, make arrangements for regular checks to address any issues promptly. Vacant properties are susceptible to damage if not properly maintained during winter. If your vacant property is damaged, with sizeable repair bills, there is a good chance we can help with advice.

Communication: Keep tenants informed about winter maintenance expectations and procedures. Provide clear instructions on what tenants should do in case of emergencies, such as burst pipes or power outages.

Emergency Contacts: Provide tenants with a list of emergency contacts, including maintenance personnel and utility services. Clearly communicate procedures for reporting and addressing winter-related issues promptly.
 
Taking these precautions and staying proactive, property owners can minimise the risk of winter-related damage, ensuring the safety and well-being of occupants and protecting investment. With over ten years expertise in property, Auction House Scotland would be happy to assist you with any advice. You can contact our office on 0141 339 4466 or email info@auctionhousescotland.com

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