Get your property ready for the cold season

Autumn is here and now is the time for landlords to be thinking about making their properties ready for winter.

If you are about to start letting – or you are between tenants – find time in your busy schedule to make essential checks.

Consider your rental home as you would a property you are about to sell: it needs to look attractive when you market it and appealing to prospective tenants when they look round….


*Check the roof, make sure there are no missing or damaged tiles and make sure the chimney stack looks safe enough to endure windy weather

*While you are up there, inspect and clear the gutters; check all downpipes

*Check all trees and shrubs to see if they need cutting back; rake and remove dead leaves and other garden debris, and consider giving the lawn one last trim

*Clear, sweep and clean paths, patios, terraces and areas of decking

*Clean and put away all garden furniture and cover everything that cannot be stored away in the dry

*Check exterior lighting is working properly

*Make sure fencing is stable and ready to withstand high winds

*Complete any exterior decorating before the temperature drops and the frost arrives

*Ensure any outside pipes and taps are insulated well enough to prevent freezing


*Ensure all windows and doors are leak and draught-proof; make sure windows locks are working and have keys

*Check the central heating system and that all radiators are functioning properly; ensure pipes in the loft are adequately lagged

*If there isn’t one, buy a programmable thermostat

*If there is an open fire or a wood-burner, get it swept and checked for blockages by a professional

*Replace the batteries in all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide devices – and test them to make sure they are functioning properly

*Consider redecorating or touching up any internal paintwork