Autumn & Winter Rental Property Checklist

Making sure your property is ready for winter means you’ll be able to keep the warmth in, save money and protect your home in the cold months ahead. With this checklist, you can help us detect minor faults and prevent unexpected heating outages in your home.

 

 

  Heating

You can do some simple checks to make sure your heating is ready for winter. This includes radiators and fireplaces.

Check the pilot light for your boiler is on

Your gas safety certificate should be valid and updated annually. Make sure to check with your Property Manager if the certificate has expired

Fireplaces and chimneys should have been cleaned before you moved in. But if you are resident for an extended period of time, please check that they are clean and clear

Check radiators are working correctly. If you need to bleed radiators you can either do this yourself or request a professional to do it for you.

 

 Insulation

Your insulation needs to be efficient to enable you to keep the heat in. Inefficient insulation means lost heat and lost money.

Check draught proof covers around letterboxes and keyholes

Check door and window frames for damage and report a repair if necessary

 

 

 

Gardens & outdoor areas

In the winter months, gardens and outdoor space tend to become neglected. To minimise damage to property caused by infrequent use, you should:

Trim bushes and prune trees

Rake up any fallen leaves

Put away or cover any equipment or outdoor furniture

 

 

Property exterior

The dry months are a good opportunity to check the property before the wet and cold weather sets in. If you can’t access certain windows or gutters safely, please hire a professional to do so safely.

Check for peeling paint, which can be a sign of moisture penetrating the building

Check pipes, drains and guttering to make sure they’re clear and properly affixed

Clean windows before the wet months, Make sure vents are not obstructed, Check exterior lights are

working correctly.

 

 

Plumbing

Keeping the water flowing is even more important in the winter months. These quick checks will make sure you’re ready.

Make sure pipes are insulated, especially pipes in the loft or outside the premises

Check the stopcock is working, Make sure pipes are clear

 

Did you find any issues?

If your Goldfinch Rental Property suffers any damage at any time, please make sure you report the issue via our online portal as soon as possible. You can report issues anywhere, anytime using a smartphone, tablet or computer:  Request a Repair – Goldfinch Estate Agents

Our reactive repairs portal will guide you to report a repair with the required details. This means that in most cases, we will have all the details we need to diagnose the problem and help resolve your repair requests promptly.

If a contractor is needed, we will schedule a convenient time for the work to be done inside your home in accordance with appropriate health & safety measures.

Stay safe & warm this autumn and coming winter.

The Goldfinch Lettings Team.

 

Heres a quick guide on how to check your smoke alarms:  https://goldfinchestateagents.co.uk/how-to-test-your-smoke-detector-2/