Cold weather is finally here in Colorado. And with the change of seasons comes a list of things renters need to watch out for. So here are a few Fall and Winter tips for renters to ensure you and your home stay safe and warm during the chillier days ahead.
Fall and Winter Tips for Renters: Exterior
Hoses, Spigots, and Sprinklers
Help prevent frozen pipes this Fall and Winter by checking all exterior water sources have been disconnected and winterized. Disconnect all hoses from their spigots, then cover the spigots. If the property you’re renting has sprinklers, make sure to contact your landlord or property manager about winterizing them if they haven’t done so already. And once the sprinklers have been blown out, do not turn them back on. This could damage the system and require another blowout. If possible, you can also turn off the water to the exterior of the home
Make sure to rake up any leaves from the yard. Leaves left where they fall can kill your grass and cause mold and fungus growth. Raking them helps keep your lawn healthy and ready for Spring. Plus, jumping in the piles is a lot of fun!
Pathways and Debris
As the days get darker, the risk of slips and trips also increases. Proper lighting can help prevent any bumps in the night, so make sure to turn on exterior lights when appropriate. Make sure your pathways are clear of debris or any objects that could cause injuries, and ensure all trash is properly disposed of to prevent pests.
Smoke and CO Alarms
Be sure to test and replace batteries for all of your smoke and CO alarms. If they still don’t work after changing the batteries, contact your landlord or property manager immediately.
Turn On the Heat
This may sound like a given, but some people do like their homes a bit colder. Heat is a must during the colder times of the year, but opinions vary on what’s the lowest you should go. However, many experts agree that you shouldn’t set your heat below 68 degrees during the winter months. Some leases also specify what temperature you shouldn’t drop below, so be sure to check there as well. And if you notice an issue with the heat at your home, contact your landlord or property manager immediately.
Windows and Doors
Checking the doors and windows for proper functionality can help keep the cold where it belongs this Fall and Winter. Be sure to check that all of them close and lock properly. If you notice any issues, drafts, or leaks, contact your landlord or property manager.
Fireplaces are a great amenity during the colder months. If the home you’re renting has a wood-burning fireplace, make sure to open the flue before you light a fire. Clean away any ash and debris regularly. And if anything seems amiss or isn’t working, extinguish the fire immediately and notify your landlord or property manager.
Fall and Winter in Colorado are truly beautiful, cold or not! So enjoy this wonderful season and be sure to stay safe and warm by following these few Fall and Winter tips for renters.