How to Winterize for Portland Rental Property

Taking care of your Portland rental property includes managing seasonal maintenance issues that can preserve the home’s value and keep it safe for your tenants when the weather changes. A schedule of regular preventative maintenance every year will keep you organized and proactive in protecting your home.

Servicing the Furnace

Your furnace is the most important part of your heating system and it’s important to have it serviced every year. This will help you avoid expensive problems and it will allow the furnace and the entire heating system to work better for longer periods of time. Your tenants will appreciate lower heating bills too, because the system’s efficiency will improve. Schedule a service appointment every year, before winter arrives.

Air Ducts and Pipes

Another regular inspection that’s necessary is your air ducts and dryer vents. Fires can occur when a lot of dust or lint builds up, so you want to check and clean those areas. The interior temperature of the home should be at least 55 degrees during the winter, even if your property is vacant. This will prevent pipes from freezing. It’s also a good idea to wrap any pipes that are exposed.

Exterior Maintenance

Outside, you want to clean out the gutters and take a look at the down spouts. These need to be inspected and cleared every fall. When you schedule a service, you can also have your roof swept and treated for moss. Protect the property by cleaning out the chimney every two years. If you use the fireplace frequently then you should have it checked out every time you burn a cord of wood. Drain the sprinklers before every winter and cover up the hose bibs and beds that are outdoors.

Take care of these maintenance issues before the winter frost and cold sets in. Contact Mainlander Property Management if you have any questions or need further help.

 

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