Will Your Home Survive a Winter Storm?

Winter storms in Ontario can be devastating and preparing your home or apartment for the winter is essential. As a landlord, it is important to ensure that all your residential properties are ready for any winter storms and blizzards that may strike the area. This is not only for your tenants benefit, but your own as well.

As the bad weather approaches, it is necessary to make sure that everything is in order at your own home, and any commercial residential properties that you own. It is important to do these preparations during the fall and not leave them for the last minute. Latitude’s residential management service can help you ensure that all your properties will survive the winter. We can oversee all necessary maintenance and repairs, and make sure they are carried out properly and well in advance. Latitude can take the stress out of preparing your residential property for the worst winter storms.

Adequate Insulation

Insulating your home properly will not only prevent heat loss and reduce heating costs, it can also prevent flooding and rain damage. Ill-fitting doors and windows are a potential hazard during a storm as they can be blown open or break. This is not only a safety risk but the damage to your property, from rain, snow, and ice can be extensive and expensive. Don’t forget to insulate your pipes as well. This will prevent them from freezing, and potentially bursting, flooding your home in the process.

Proper Maintenance

Roofs need to be checked to ensure that they are sturdy enough to hold the weight of a major snowfall. Any loose shingles, boards, and roof tiles need to be nailed down to prevent them from breaking loose during a storm and causing damage to your property or, worse still, injuring someone. As the old saying goes, “a stitch in time, saves nine”, so take care of minor problems before they become major ones.

Adequate Equipment

Ensure that you have enough snow shovels and any other necessary equipment to remove snow from around your property. Keep an adequate supply of salt handy to melt any ice on the steps and walkways. Icy steps and walkways are a potential safety risk and it is important that tenants have safe access to their apartments.

General Storm Advice

Very bad storms can lead to roads being closed and can make it impossible to travel or perhaps even leave your home. It is important to make sure you have enough heating fuel to last a few days. In areas that are often hit by severe storms, it is often worth investing in a generator to use during power outages.

Always have enough blankets and warm clothes for everyone in the household. Keep enough food and water for a few days, just in case you get trapped in your house by the weather. Keep a handy supply of batteries, flashlights, candles, and matches. Makes sure you know exactly where to find all these items so that you don’t have to go fumbling around in the dark. That is not fun and you could injure yourself. Stay safe, batten down the hatches and don’t travel if you don’t have to.