Cold Weather Blues

Here in San Antonio, we have dealing with the summer heat down to a science. It’s when the first chill of winter comes, we scurry around getting ready for the next drop under 75°; rushing out to purchase new jackets, long sleeved shirts, and those comfy socks with the grips on the bottom.

Keeping yourself warm isn’t the only think you need to do to get ready for Jack Frost. Your rental home can also do with a little preventative maintenance to keep your property in tip-top shape, and keep renters cozy.

These are just a few tips for winterizing your home for our Texas Snow Days.

<b><u>Preventative Maintenance on the Heater</b></u>
By scheduling a yearly check on your heater, including a filter change, you save yourself the risk of much higher repair costs in the future. You can hire a company to come out and check out the system to make sure everything is in working order for the winter months.

<b><u>Mind the Gaps</b></u>
Not only do gaps in window frames, door jambs, and vents make for a chilly draft through the home, it’s also the perfect entry point for vermin and pests seeking food and warmth from the cold. Adding a strip of caulking, or weather stripping to these areas will keep the tenants happy with a warm home, and low energy bills, as well as preventing possibly costly pest repairs.

<b><u>Insulation</b></u>
Checking to make sure the insulation in the home is still up to par is a good idea at any time of the year. All it takes is getting up in the attic, and checking for any missing or damaged pieces of insulation. Insulation is a key part of keeping any home’s temperature regulated.

<b><u>Give Your Foliage a Trim</b></u>
We may not get enough snow in San Antonio to weigh down trees, but we do get ice. With tree limbs and shrubbery close to the home, it’s a good idea to give these a trim to prevent any ice causing existing stress on the branches to break, possibly damaging the home, or even worse, a tenant.

By doing a the simple steps, you can keep your tenants happy, as well as your pocketbook.