Latitude Prepares Your Residence for the Fall Season

Latitude Prepares Your Residence for the Fall Season

Fall is a spectacular time of year. Nature gives her last great colour show before the winter, and everyone is filled with holiday cheer. But fall also brings its challenges for residential property owners and management companies. Fortunately Latitude Properties Limited knows what needs to be done and as part of our residential management service, we take care of all our client’s needs.

Residential property owners know that their apartment buildings need regular maintenance and good management to attract good tenants. Being on top of things and conducting annual fall inspections and doing minor maintenance can save property owners a lot of money in the long run.

As part of our service, Latitude Properties Limited has an extensive interior and exterior checklist to ensure that all our client’s properties are well maintained.

Roof and Gutters

Regular roof and gutter checks are a must. It is important to clear all the leaves out of the gutters to prevent them overflowing in the winter. It is also important to make sure gutters and roofs are in good repair and not damaged or loose. Checking the roof is not limited to the outside, it is also important to check the attic for signs of cracks, water damage, stains, and leaks.

Chimneys

Many residential fires are caused by blocked chimneys. Fireplaces, chimneys, flues, and vents need to be inspected annually to ensure that there is no soot buildup, or leaves, nests and other debris blocking the chimney. A simple inspection in the fall can prevent a serious house fire in the winter. It is also important to install an animal-proof chimney cap to prevent small animals and birds making your chimney their warm winter home.

Furnaces

Like chimneys, furnaces also need an annual checkup. Routine servicing means that furnaces will remain clean and working at top capacity. This will also ensure that all furnaces in your residential properties are fit for purpose and do not pose a health risk to your tenants. Make sure that the carbon monoxide and smoke detectors function properly and that tenants replace the batteries regularly.

Windows and Doors

Windows and doors are a potential source of heat loss from a property. It is important to identify ill-fitting doors and windows, and cracks in frames, to minimize heat loss and make a residential property more energy efficient. Doors and windows that rattle may need caulking, weather-stripping or replacing. A large apartment building is expensive to heat and ensuring that the property is well insulated will save money.

Sump Pumps

Sump pumps are essential to prevent flooding and water damage but they need to be in good working order. The pumps need to be regularly serviced and an annual sump pump test needs to be carried out. Once the water starts pouring in, it’s too late to discover the sump pump doesn’t work.

Trees and Bushes

Large tree branches can be a danger during strong winds and storms. Ensure that there are no large branches overhanging your apartment building and cut back all overgrown trees and bushes.

Animal Proofing

Small animals, birds, insects, and rodents look for warm places to spend the winter and a nice apartment building, where there is little movement in the attic or basement, is just the spot. They can wreak havoc in your building so it’s important to repair small cracks and holes where animals can enter your property.

All this looks like a lot of work but, if done properly in the fall, it could save you a lot of money in the winter. Fortunately, Latitude’s residential management service is on hand to take care of your residential property needs.