Landlording is a year round business. In other words, it is not a seasonal business. Winter is a time of year when we need to be extra vigilant about the maintenance of our homes. The winter months bring changes in weather and drops in temperature. Here are some simple winter maintenance tips for landlords to prepare.
Keep Tools at the Ready
In order to keep your property in top shape during the winter, you should make sure that you have all the necessary equipment at hand. In snow-prone areas, snow blowers and shovels are essential. For snow blowers, make sure the machines are primed and filled with gas and oil. Clean the machines in the fall so they are ready to use immediately in the winter.
Prep the Yard & House
Winter is a good time to trim bushes and cut back trees. Bad snow storms can knock down trees. You don’t want trees to fall on your property and cause damage. While you’re taking care of the landscaping, it’s a good time to also clean the gutters and check the chimney. Debris and water in gutters can cause more harm as temperatures drop. And having a clean chimney can prevent potential fire hazards as your tenant may want to keep warm by the fireplace. Changing filters regularly is among the winter maintenance tips for landlords. Additionally, you should check pipes and drains to make sure they are not frozen and try to avoid any possible water leaks by keeping gutters clear.
These winter maintenance tips for landlords will incur some form of cost. Fortunately, it is easy for landlords to track them in landlord software. By tracking expenses, landlords can run reports that may help make budgeting easier for future years. RentalIncomeExpense.com follows the Form 1040 Schedule E expense categories.