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For some vacation rentals, the winter season is a great time of year. It represents increased bookings and holiday fun. For others, it may mean winterproofing your property and keeping it safe for post-winter bookings. Whether your vacation rental is booked for the winter, here are a few tips to winterize your property.
Check the Heating System
Your heating system will be crucial during cold winter nights. Having a handyman service on hand to do light repairs to your heating system will ensure that guests who may be occupying your property during the winter, will be comfortable. They can check and replace filters and troubleshoot for any other issues. If your property isn’t occupied, it may be good to leave your HVAC system running by turning down to the lowest temperature. This may also prove to be cost-effective.
Keep Power and Lighting Running
Your electrical system must be properly maintained during the winter to ensure your heating continues to run and your guests are comfortable. Lighting is also an important safety feature if your property is unoccupied. If your property is dark and appears to be unoccupied, this may attract burglars. Having a handyman service that can check in on your vacation rental during this time will go a far way. They can replace light fixtures or restore power caused by electrical issues on the property. This is also necessary if your property is booked.
Clean Gutters and Drainage
Getting rid of leaves and debris from gutters guarantees proper drainage of rain and snow. This will help to prevent water damage to your home which can cause interior flooding, foundation pressure, and cracked floors.
Appliances that may be used during the winter should be properly serviced beforehand so that they don’t break down. Having a handyman service check on appliances such as the dryer will go a far way. According to the US Fire Administration, 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. Failure to clean the dryer is the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires and more home clothes dryer fires occur in the fall and winter months, peaking in January. If you want to avoid an expensive fix or loss of your investment, then having a handyman service is a small price to pay for a great benefit. It may be necessary to unplug all unnecessary appliances if your property is unoccupied.
During winter months, it is vital to ensure that your plumbing is checked, and leaks are sealed before they cause major water damage. If your rental is unoccupied during the winter and you intend to keep the water on your handyman service can check that water is properly heated to prevent freezing pipes.
A few other key things to winterize your property during the winter include:
• Trimming trees that may freeze and cause damage to your property
• Adding extra insulation to keep your guests warm
• Providing your guests with contact information for emergency repairs
Maintaining your property during the winter does not have to feel like a nightmare. At Mendbnb, we offer 24-hour emergency service for the comfort of your guests and preventative maintenance that will help protect your home during the winter. Our tabletop contact information cards are located throughout your property and guests can reach us at any time. Contact us for a free property assessment.