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DIY Winter Maintenance Tips for Tenants

Winter maintenance tips
A guide for tenants on handling winter-related property issues.

Winter in Ontario can be beautiful, but it also brings its fair share of challenges, especially for tenants responsible for their home maintenance. In this blog post, we’ll empower tenants with practical do-it-yourself (DIY) winter maintenance tips to ensure a warm and comfortable living space during the colder months.

1. Be Proactive with Insulation:

Drafts and heat loss can significantly impact your home’s comfort. Check for gaps around windows and doors and seal them with weatherstripping. For added warmth, consider using draft stoppers at the base of doors to prevent cold air from entering.

2. Protect Pipes from Freezing:

Frozen pipes can lead to significant issues. Insulate exposed pipes, especially in basements and attics, using pipe insulation. During extremely cold nights, leave faucets dripping to keep water flowing and prevent freezing.

3. Furnace Maintenance:

Ensure your heating system is in top condition by replacing filters regularly. A well-maintained furnace operates more efficiently, keeping your home warm while potentially reducing energy bills.

4. Emergency Kit Preparation:

Be prepared for winter emergencies by assembling an emergency kit. Include essentials like blankets, flashlights, batteries, and non-perishable food items. In case of a power outage, having these items readily available can provide comfort and safety.

5. Shoveling and De-icing:

If responsible for snow removal, keep walkways and driveways clear of snow and ice. Regular shoveling and the use of environmentally-friendly de-icing materials contribute to a safer and more accessible property.

Winter maintenance is a shared responsibility between landlords and tenants, and these DIY tips empower tenants to take proactive measures. As we navigate through the winter season, stay tuned for more insights on maintaining a cozy and well-kept rental property.

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