Investors who manage rental property in the Emory or Decatur neighborhoods don't generally have to worry about severe winter weather - except when the temperatures drop and snow and ice incapacitate the area. While the colder weather only lasts several days, a few precautions could protect your home and the safety of your tenants.
There are a few steps you can take to limit the number of issues that might affect your property.
According to FEMA, residential fires cause more fatalities, injuries and property damage during the winter months between December and February.
- The furnace of your Emory home should be inspected before it gets cold. Your Lease should specify that your tenants are responsible for keeping the heat on at a temperature to prevent pipes from freezing.
- Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be installed on each floor of your home and the batteries changed and tested to make sure they are in working order.
- Provide your tenants with a Fire Extinquisher.
- Your Lease should prohibit the use of space heaters inside the house, but make sure your tenants are aware of this stipulation.
- If you have a fireplace, it should be inspected before your tenants are allowed to use it.
- Clean the gutters to prevent overflow and possible damage to the inside of the home.
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