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The UK weather is set to turn from a glorious indian summer to a cold harsh winter, with UK weather forecasters predicting falling temperatures and heavy snowfalls likely for November and December.

It is vital for landlords to ensure their rental properties are properly weatherproofed and ready to take on the elements.

Rental property repairs can prove costly when the worst happens, but routine property maintenance can help prepare your properties for the coming winter weather.

Here are a few useful tips on how to prepare your rental property for the colder months ahead, and some of the warning signs to look out for:

  • Make sure the property is properly insulated, from lofts to cavity fillings to exclude drafts, prevent heat lost and conserve energy. This should include draft- proofing all windows, doors and letterboxes.
  • Check pipes are insulated to protect from frost and to prevent heat loss.
  • Check for missing roof tiles, and make sure the flashings to the chimney and around any skylight windows are intact.
  • Unblock drains and clear the guttering of any leaves, moss and vegetation.
  • You legally have to have the properties boiler serviced once every year. (CP12). When you have this done, it is a good idea to also consider having a  system flush undertaken as this will revitalise the central heating system and increase the longevity of operation. It will allow the central heating system to reach temperature far more quickly, thereby reducing fuel costs and putting less strain on the boiler.
  • Make sure all windowsills and door frames are properly coated and protected, with no rotting wood. Get any painting completed as soon as possible, once the wet and cold weather set in, they won’t dry as quickly.

Preparing your rental property for the cold wet weather is critical and landlords should not underestimate the work that needs to be undertaken. By keeping on top of this simple and effective routine year after year, the tasks are unlikely to turn into bigger jobs with larger repair bills.

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