20. October 2014 11:49
As the days are getting shorter and the mercury is dropping people must prepare their homes for winter. It becomes essential for the landlords and the property managers to manage and upgrade their properties for winter.
During harsh weather, houses are vulnerable to the weather conditions and they should be prepared to face it. Taking timely steps can help you avoid some major issues with your house. Here are some tips on prepping your house for winter.
- Insulate the exposed pipes: One of the biggest problems that you can face in winters is frozen pipes which can cause damage to your property. The pipes burst when frozen cause flooding and water damage. You can minimize this risk by properly insulating the outside pipe with special materials that are easily available in the market. Replace the pipes if there are any cracks or fissures in the pipes.
- Clear the gutters: To avoid the chances of frozen pipes and overflows you should clear the gutters timely. Water in the gutter freezes due to debris like leaves and garbage and causes problems.
- Make sure outside lighting is functional: For the safety of your property and the residents of your house you should make sure that all the outside lights work properly. Often it becomes difficult to spot stairs and any other blockage when it grows dark and slippery. So, lighting is quite essential to avoid any accidents.
- Service the boiler: To ensure that it is warm and cozy inside during cold weather you should ensure that the boiler is functional and not damaged in any way. It is your legal responsibility to get a latest CORGI certificate. You must call in the professionals to service and repair your boiler before the onset of winters. By making sure that your boiler is working well, you can also avoid freezing of pipes.
- Maintain property during void period: If you are currently facing a void period, it becomes more important for you to pay attention to the maintenance of your home. You should visit the property regularly or ask your property manager to timely inspect the house. You should open the doors and windows for proper ventilation in the house as this will allow a lot of sunlight in the house. Also, make sure you turn on the heating system regularly so that the pipes do not freeze.
- Check the electrical fittings: Regularly check the fuse box so that no fuses are tripped. Make sure you use adapter plugs for the safety of your house.
- Use weather strip tape: To ensure that the heat does not escape you can use weather strip tape on your windows and doors. This in turn will help you save on your energy bills.
These tips will help you make your property safe and damage free in winter season. If you find it difficult to do the inspections and repairs on your own you should hire professional property management firm.
13. October 2014 08:21
Finding a rental home of your choice, in the preferred location and at the desired rate can be a very difficult task. Although renting is an excellent idea, going through the whole process on your own can be quite time consuming. Hiring professional services is the best option to ease the burden and find the best deal, and here are some important tips that can help you choose the perfect rental home for yourself.
- Proper Research: Spend ample time investigating about the available property as well as its locality. You should make sure that the place is ideal for you to stay for long term, i.e. it should be approachable to school, college, supermarket, offices or playground, depending on your requirement.
- Consider diverse properties: You should open up your range of choices and then choose the one that best fits your requirements. Ideally you should hire an experienced real estate agent to shortlist properties for you, based on your requirement and taste. You can also view the online MLS listings for the available rental homes.
- Do not make haste: While you search for rental homes you should not rush up to sign a deal. You must check that the windows are in a good condition, the bathroom and kitchen fixtures are working properly, if the house is centrally heated, does it has a dishwasher and other essential appliances, if the walls are clean and if it has all the storage space or parking space that you require before you take your final decision.
- Be careful while choosing flat mates: If you are looking to share your apartment with another renter you should screen him carefully too. You can talk to him in detail about all the issues related to rent payment and flat maintenance.
- Look for pest infestations: This is one of the most important things to be considered while renting a home. You should look out for signs of pest infestation and mold. Check the surfaces of the kitchen, under the sink, in bedroom corners and closets carefully to rule out any possibility.
- Discuss issues with your agents: If you think that there are any issues in the house that need to be fixed, discuss them with your real estate agent. They will communicate the problems to the landlord who will then get them repaired.
For more information, contact us at John Reider Properties. You can call us at (254) 699-8300 or visit at 455 E. Central Texas Expwy Suite 101 Harker Heights, TX 76548.