As the leaves begin to fade and the unpredictable Chicago winter approaches, it is important that owners take the necessary steps to ensure their property is ready for anything.
If you need a little help getting started, take a look at our 5 tips to get your rental properties ready for a Chicago winter.
1. HVAC System
Ensure that your building’s HVAC systems are working properly and test them seasonally. A professional diagnostic ($125) could save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in common issues that can be prevented by regular maintenance.
2. Roof + Gutters
Be sure to have your roof inspected for any missing, loose, or damaged shingles or sections that are in need of replacement. Have a professional remove all debris from your gutters and ensure the runoff water flows away from the foundation. Avoid the nightmare of having to repair your roof during Chicago’s unpredictable winters.
Have a professional drain all of your outdoor pipes (sprinkler/foundation systems) to make sure they don’t freeze in sub-zero temperatures. A great tip is to cover the pipes with foam insulation and to remind tenants to leave a slow drip when temperatures drop below freezing. However, if you have areas that are not well insulated, use a space heater as a supplement.
4. Inspect Vacant Properties
Ensure that a thorough inspection of your vacant properties is examined for cracks near the edges of the doors, windows, and walls. Adding needed sealants in these areas can prevent heat loss in your units and keep them weather proof.
5. Preparing For Snow And Ice Removal
Under the city of Chicago snow removal law, apartment buildings can be faced with a hefty fine (between $50 – $500) if they fail to shovel the snow. Ensure you have all the necessary tools to avoid these fines, or check with your vendors to confirm that your contract is current for this upcoming season.
Our Property Management division is deeply engaged with our vendors. We also take compliance very seriously to protect our clients. One misstep can cost landlords upwards of $10,000 in damages, legal fees, and lost rent. We are here to be your first-line of defense with the ever-changing Chicago rental laws.
Want to chat? We can go over what’s needed, what’s expected, and how we can help.
The Apartment Source | Property Management Division
773.404.9900 or Info@ApartmentSourceChicago.com