Winterizing Your Property is Easy with Corporate Management Service

Winters in Ontario are not for the fainthearted. The storms can be fierce and destructive, and you need to take steps to winterize your property. Severe weather conditions can strike at any time and often with little warning. Winterizing your property is essential to protect your investment and more importantly your tenants.

Corporate properties are usually a big investment and need to be well maintained to ensure that they bring in a steady income and attract good tenants. Preparing your corporate property for the winter isn’t difficult if you use an experienced corporate property management service like Latitude Properties Limited.

Here are some ways that our corporate management service ensures that your property is ready for the winter:

Evaluate the Property

It is essential to carry out a thorough evaluation of your property before the cold weather sets in. Or better yet, get a professional corporate property management company to do it for you. Latitude Properties Limited will:

  • Check that the roof is in good repair and can hold the weight of a heavy snowfall.
  • Make sure all doors and windows are weatherproofed.
  • Identify potential ice damming sites and ensure that they are checked regularly throughout the winter, especially after a heavy snowfall.

Organize and Oversee Maintenance and Repairs

Preventative maintenance, like sealing, weather stripping, and repairing cracks can have a significant impact on the long-term structural integrity of a corporate property. Before the winter sets in, it is important to:

  • Repair any leaks and loose roof tiles, boards or shingles.
  • Cut away all branches that could potentially fall on the building.
  • Insulate all exposed pipes to prevent freezing, paying particular attention to pipes that feed the fire sprinkler system.

Latitude Properties corporate property management service will deal with all maintenance issues as quickly as possible to ensure that small problems don’t become big problems during the cold winter months.

Ensure the Safety of Your Tenants

The safety and comfort of your tenants during the winter is crucial. Unhappy tenants make life difficult for landlords and unsafe premises can lead to costly lawsuits. To ensure the safety and comfort of the building’s occupants it is important to:

  • Test all emergency equipment and ensure that it is in good working order.
  • Service and test generators and sump pumps.
  • Ensure that the heating system is serviced and working efficiently.
  • Make sure that roof water runoff remains clear of walkways, where it could freeze and become a safety hazard.
  • Ensure that any debris that could block the emergency and fire exits is removed from the property.
  • Draw up an emergency plan for severe weather conditions and communicate it to all tenants to make sure they are prepared for an emergency.
  • Monitor the weather and warn tenants about threatening weather conditions so that they can be properly prepared.

Winterizing your property properly will not only reduce costly winter repairs but it will also keep your tenants safe and happy.

By ensuring that properties are well maintained and fit for occupancy, a good corporate property management company, like Latitude Properties Limited, gives both landlords and tenants peace of mind during the harsh winter months.