Preparing For Fall/Winter

As the winter months approach, it’s crucial for tenants to take an active role in maintaining their living spaces to prevent damage and ensure a comfortable winter/fall season. Here are some useful reminders to help you protect your rental unit during the colder months.

Decks, Balconies, and Patios One area that often gets overlooked is outdoor spaces like decks, balconies, and patios. To prevent issues with drainage, keep leaves and debris out of your drains. When snow accumulates, consider digging a trench in the snow leading to the drain to help direct water away from your unit. This simple step can prevent water damage and maintain the integrity of your outdoor space.

Condensation and Windows As temperatures drop, the indoor air’s capacity to absorb moisture also decreases. To minimize humidity in your unit, consider using a humidistat and opening your windows occasionally to allow for better ventilation. Correct moisture control can help prevent mold and mildew issues during the winter months.

Away for the Holidays If you plan to spend the winter elsewhere, it’s essential to prepare your unit accordingly. Turn off electrical appliances to avoid any potential hazards. Before you leave, review your tenant insurance policy to understand how often your unit should be checked. Neglecting regular checks could make you financially liable for any damage to your unit or neighboring units. Ensure your emergency contact information is up to date to address any unforeseen situations promptly.

Snow & Ice During the winter, snow and ice can create slippery conditions around your building. Be a responsible tenant by promptly reporting any slippery areas that require attention to your building manger. This proactive approach can help prevent accidents and ensure the safety of everyone in your building.

Pest Control Winter is also the time when pests seek shelter from the cold. Take a moment to inspect typically dark and secluded areas in your unit, such as storage rooms, lockers, and the back of cupboards. If you spot any signs of pests, such as mouse droppings, report them immediately to your building manger. Swift action can prevent infestations from spreading.

Inspect Your Unit Regular inspections of your unit are crucial to catch and address issues early. Take the time to check your unit thoroughly, from top to bottom, both inside and out. Pay special attention to areas like your ceramic tiled kitchen and bathroom, where cracks could allow water to seep beneath the tiles. Caulk and plug any visible cracks to prevent water damage.

Additionally, inspect the outer walls for any signs of moisture or water discoloration on the walls and ceilings. If you notice these symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact your building’s manager. Timely communication can help address potential structural issues before they become major problems.

As a responsible tenant, taking these proactive steps can make a significant difference in safeguarding your rental unit during the winter months. By working together with your building management and fellow tenants, you can ensure a safe and comfortable winter season for everyone.