Winter is coming, so our property managers are preparing their buildings for the cold days ahead. Here is what we are focusing on:
- Integrity of the roof and building exterior. Fall rain occasionally exposes some underlying issues with a building’s exterior. This should be a primary focus, in order to avoid more water from getting in, freezing, and causing more extensive damage to the exterior or units.
- HVAC system overhaul. No manager wants to have an HVAC system failure when it’s -20F outside. At that point, costs of repair double or triple because it’s a legitimate health emergency. So, we do everything we can to make sure our HVAC systems are maintained and ready to work hard all winter season.
- Landscaping. As foliage all comes down in the fall, it’s important to get it all out of the way before the first snow falls. Otherwise, it’s going to linger for the entire winter, causing the building exterior to look unkempt and also potentially causing other issues.
- Protecting the common areas from salt. Laying down rubber mats, and such, helps to prevent people from tracking in too much salt from the outside, and is also a safety feature that can help prevent people from slipping when their boots are wet.