Winter months can seem daunting for a renter. There are a few issues that could occur in the home when it’s cold and no one wants to be uncomfortable in their living space. That’s why it’s important to prepare your home in the fall and minimize that risk. Here are some great fall tips to prepare for winter.

Be Ready for your Inspection

At Voepel Property Management we inspect properties every fall and spring to make sure the HVAC and other systems in your home are working properly and to document the property’s condition. We give the proper notice to all residents of these inspections. So, make sure your space is clean and easy for the service inspector to see anything that may be a maintenance issue.

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Make sure to test the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors that are in your home. Replace any batteries on the devices that do not work.

Gutters and Downspouts

When leaves start to fall it’s important to check the gutters on your home. Doing this can prevent roof and water damage.

Change your Filters

It’s important to change the filter in your HVAC system quarterly. Doing this can help increase the productivity of your system and reduce your monthly utility bills.

Prevent Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes can be a common occurrence in all homes when the temperature goes below freezing. Being proactive and leaving faucets dripping and the heater set above 65 degrees can eliminate pipes bursting. Damage from frozen pipes due to heat not being on will result in the residents being liable for any damage.

Exterior Faucets and Hoses

Remember to turn off any exterior faucets and disconnect and drain any hoses.

Ceiling Fans

This is a great time of the year to clean your ceiling fans and switch the direction of the fan. You can do this by simply flipping the switch on the side of the fan to better circulate warm air throughout your home.

Cleaning the Yard

With fall weather comes leaves, lots and lots of leaves. Make sure to clean up your yard. Doing so will help you have a beautiful yard in the spring and also cuts down on the number of bugs.