Winterizing…Your Tenants?

With today’s sunny blue skies and temps in the low fifties, it’s kind of hard to believe it was snowing just a few weeks ago! But if Punxsutawney Phil is any indication, we’ve still got some winter weather ahead of us.

Every good landlord knows that winterizing your properties is vital to the health of both your buildings and your bottom line. There’s one thing, however, that you may have forgotten: winterizing your tenants.

Because you can’t be at all of your buildings all of the time, it’s important that your tenants are informed about what they can do to protect their units from the effects of winter. Of course, exactly what they need to know differs from building to building. Single-family homes are perhaps most vulnerable, but there are helpful steps residents can take in nearly any building.

It's official! Six more weeks of winter. (Getty Image via @daylife)

Some landlords send out mailers detailing these procedures, or post information in communal areas of the building. Others may choose to speak personally with tenants or post information on their building’s website. However you choose to get the information out there, it should be short, simple, and easy to follow–but make sure to include enough information that people who hail from warmer climates will know what to do!

For more information on winterizing your property, check your inbox for our recent newsletters. Not yet a subscriber? E-mail Kyle (kyle [at] seattlerentals.com) to get signed up.

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