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Venture Properties Blog

January 20th, 2021

Section: Bishop Auckland Office
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Essential Winter checks for tenants

Protecting your rented property from the Winter weather can save you money, while making sure you keep warm when the temperatures drop. From the heating and insulation to your plumbing and garden, there are a variety of checks to do to prevent any issues in your home.

We have put together this simple maintenance checklist to help rental property tenants uncover any faults that could harm their property (and bank balance) if left untreated.

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Heating

We rely heavily on our heating in the Winter, especially when it snows! The last thing you need is a broken radiator or an unsafe fireplace. To help keep your home warm and cozy, you should:

  • Check that your boiler’s pilot light is on
  • Make sure your gas safety certificate is valid and updated annually. Inform your property manager if it has expired
  • Clean the fireplaces and chimneys are clear
  • Check the radiators are working correctly. If you need to bleed radiators you can either do this yourself or request a professional to do it for you

Insulation

Inefficient insulation can result in a loss of heat and an increase in your bills. Having effective insulation is also better for the environment and is one of the best ways to fight climate change. Complete these simple but useful checks to prevent any temperature drops:

  • Check draught proof covers around letterboxes and keyholes
  • Look for damage around your door and window frames and report a repair if necessary

Garden and outdoor areas

In the Winter, our gardens and patios can become neglected. To minimise any outdoor damage and possible safety hazards, you could:

  • Trim bushes and prune trees
  • Rake up any fallen leaves to prevent slipping
  • Put away or cover any equipment or outdoor furniture

Property exterior

When it’s dry outside, it’s a good time to check the property’s exterior for any damages or faults. If you can’t access upstairs windows or guttering safely, you can hire a professional to check on your behalf.

You can spot damage by looking for:

  • Peeling paint, which can be a sign of moisture penetrating the building
  • Blocked or loose pipes, drains and guttering
  • Dirty windows. Clean windows can allow more heat into your home, reducing heating costs
  • Obstructed vents
  • Broken exterior lights

Plumbing

Keeping the water flowing is even more important in Winter. Follow these steps to make sure you’re well prepared:

  • Check pipes are insulated, especially pipes in the loft or outside the premises
  • Inspect the stopcock and ensure it is working correctly
  • Make sure pipes are clear and check for any damage

If you find any damage, you can report the issue on the Venture online portal using a smartphone, tablet or computer.

Do you have any more tips? Share your ideas with us on Twitter, @ventureprop.