This easy to use checklist created by Think Realty’s sister company Affinity Loss Prevention Services, is a great way for you to get your properties prepared for the upcoming winter.

1| Inspect the Roof, Soffits, and Fascia Boards

☐ Using binoculars is a safe alternative to climbing a ladder.
☐ Check for damage to shingles, nail pops, and wood rot.

2| Clean Your Gutters

☐ Improperly channeled water can compromise the structural integrity of your property, including the foundation and sheetrock inside.
☐ Water damage can quickly lead to mold growth, which is a health hazard.

3| Clean Up the Yard

☐Prune bushes, and trim trees and climbing plants.
☐Thinning dead or overgrown tree branches can prevent catastrophic roof damage in the event of a storm.
☐Don’t let weeds, ivy or other plants’ roots exploit your foundation or siding.
☐Remove debris from your yard; properties with well-kept lawns are less inviting to thieves and vandals.

4| Repair Cracked, Broken or Uneven Driveways, Walkways, and Stairs

☐The expansion and contraction caused by freezing and thawing can lead to significant damage to exterior walkways.
☐If kept unchecked, these hazards can cause slips and falls.

5| Prevent Bugs and Rodents from Entering Your Property

☐Seal or caulk cracks, gaps or holes near baseboards, windows, and doors.
☐Cable, plumbing and electric service entry points should also have a tight seal.
☐Any hole the size of a dime or larger may allow rodents to squeeze through.

6| Winterize All Water Systems

☐Drain, disconnect and store garden hoses.
☐Install a faucet cover to help prevent outdoor faucets from freezing.
☐Drain your sprinkler system and swimming pool pump.
☐Turn off the water and fully drain the plumbing systems of any vacant properties!

7| Inspect Your Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarms

☐One should be installed on each floor.
☐Test alarms monthly.
☐Change the batteries twice a year or more frequently as needed.
☐Ensure tenants do not disconnect or remove the alarms.

8| Check Multipurpose Fire Extinguisher, is it Full & Properly Pressurized

☐Store the extinguisher in an accessible location.
☐Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for routine maintenance.

9| Give Your Furnace a Tune-Up

☐HVAC systems should be checked at least twice a year—before winter or summer arrive.
☐Have the ducts professionally cleaned to prevent fires resulting from dust buildup.
☐Change furnace filters on a monthly basis.

10| Have Your Chimney Professionally Cleaned and Inspected

☐A $300 inspection will cost much less than an insurance deductible in the event of a fire.
☐A professional can repair any cracks, remove soot and other buildup, and make sure the flue and gas lines are in good condition.

We hope this checklist will make your fall preparation a breeze! Looking for a downloadable and printable checklist? Click here and sign up for your free membership to get full access to documents that help your business run more efficiently!

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Affinity Loss Prevention Services is a sister company of Think Realty. Visit them here.

  • Rick Abell

    Rick Abell has been involved in the insurance sector for over 20 years. As the President of Affinity Loss Prevention Services (ALPS) he helps investors, property managers and tenants prevent avoidable losses. Rick also provides risk management and data analysis for many entities within the Affinity Enterprise Group umbrella. When Rick is not in the office, you may find him enjoying a game of golf or taking in some good professional baseball or football.

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