Win­ter main­te­nance that all land­lords should con­sider...

The Oban Times - - PROPERTY -

Main­te­nance is a part of life for land­lords and let­ting agents. How­ever, in the win­ter months, there are more crit­i­cal is­sues that you need to be aware of in or­der to make sure your rental prop­er­ties are pre­pared to deal with the Scot­tish win­ters. Here, we take a look at just a few things land­lords might want to do this month.

Frozen pipes

Frozen pipes are com­mon­place, and can re­sult in high re­pair bills. Let­ting agents can warn ten­ants about the dan­gers of leav­ing their heat­ing turned off, but one of the best tips for land­lords is to act early and in­stall in­su­la­tion on pipes. These sleeves are in­ex­pen­sive and sim­ply slide onto pipes to pro­tect them from the cold.

Win­dow in­su­la­tion

One of the big­gest com­plaints that ten­ants will have dur­ing the win­ter pe­riod is that the prop­erty is cold, and that it’s cost­ing them large amounts for their heat­ing bills. The best way to tackle this is to min­imise draughts in the prop­erty with an ap­pli­ca­tion of draught strips on win­dow frames. These sticky strips can be bought for just a few pounds in most hard­ware stores, and they are eas­ily fit­ted along the edge of win­dows.

Heat­ing main­te­nance

All boil­ers will need to be main­tained and re­paired at some time in their life­span, and it can be a good idea to have this car­ried out be­fore win­ter re­ally sets in. Con­tact the ex­perts at West Prop­erty for more help­ful in­for­ma­tion and as­sis­tance on rental prop­erty main­te­nance for the win­ter or any time of year.

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