As we head into the cold Scottish winter months, it’s important to prepare your property to protect it from any problems that will lead to void periods or expensive repairs.
New research from Propertymark has revealed that the void time for rental properties has decreased month on month since May 2021 to 2.1 weeks. In addition, the average tenancy time is rising which means that here has never been a more attractive time to be a landlord.
As the market remains fierce, Propertymark is advising landlords to avoid unwanted issues to make it more appealing to tenants.
The more you do now, the more likely you are to save time and money in the winter. Given that the average length of a tenancy is increasing, you are more likely to have a good tenant in situ when not only using a good agent, but ensuring your property is well-maintained.
Here are some tips on how to avoid problems with your rental property this winter:
Keep the property warm
It’s a good idea to carry out regular maintenance as well as your legal safety obligations.
Bleed your radiators regularly, keep on top of services rather than responding to problems, limit draughts by installing sealing around window frames, under doors and on the letterbox.
Insulating the loft can make a big difference in preserving the heat within your home and lagging the pipes will prevent them from freezing and bursting.
If you have any void periods, make sure you keep the home at an eco temperature if it looks like we are going to experience freezing conditions.
It’s important to maintain the exterior of your property to avoid any expensive repairs. Check and clean all guttering to prevent any blockages and subsequent water damage. Repair any windows and sills and check that the roof doesn’t have any missing tiles.
Maintain the garden area and get it ready for the winter by storing away any furniture and ask your tenants to carry out regular garden tidies to keep on top of it before spring.