For my fellow property management pros, it’s that time of year again.
Yes! Can you believe it’s almost winter? And, you know what that means…it’s time to write and distribute your fall/winter newsletter to your renters. Too busy, you say? I know the feeling! That’s the reason for today’s post. I’m sharing my fall/winter newsletter with you, and I invite you to use it as a template for your own newsletter. Help yourself! Copy it, edit it (or not)…use it in whatever way you wish.
Here you go…
It’s time for us to start thinking about winter, and preparing for the colder weather. Some of you are long-time residents of northern Nevada, and some are new to the area. Whichever group you’re in, we hope you’ll take note of these important reminders:
- HOSE BIBS: Take a stroll around your property, and locate all your hoses and connectors. Be sure to drain the water out of your hoses, before you roll them up for the winter. Beginning in a week or two, it’s a good idea to NEVER leave a hose connected to the hose bib when not in use. Hose bibs freeze and break regularly in our area, simply because the residents forget to disconnect the hoses. Although you may need to water landscaped areas a bit (depending on weather) during the winter months, please be sure you disconnect your hoses when you’re not using them.
- Automatic sprinkler systems should all be shut off and winterized, beginning in late October/early November. However, you may want to cut back on your watering times, now. If you are unsure how to properly shut down your irrigation system for winter, PLEASE hire a professional landscaping company to do this for you. The cost is typically less than $100, and well worth the money. Improperly shut-down irrigation systems can result in expensive repairs! Please ask us, if you would like the names of a few reputable companies in our area.
- ICE MELT: Shoveling walkways, driveways, and keeping the entry to your home clear of snow and ice is one of the joys of living in northern Nevada. (No? You don’t love shoveling snow?) The experts say we’re going to have a strong winter this year. Stock up on ice melt, and get your snow shovel handy. We think you may need it!
- THERMOSTAT: Pipes freeze indoors too, especially if the inside temperature is allowed to dip below 60. Whether you’re home or away, please make sure your thermostat is set at 60 degrees, minimum. If you’re going away on vacation, we also recommend opening any inside cabinet doors that contain under-the-counter plumbing. This will allow heat to circulate around those pipes. Be sure to keep all interior doors open, too.
- FURNACE FILTERS: Furnace filters should be changed at least 5-6 times a year, and they’re your responsibility as a renter. Stock up on filters, change them now, and then mark your calendar to change them again in a couple of months. This will not only help your heating system operate more efficiently, it’ll save you money in heating costs! (If you need help with this, let us know!)
- SMOKE DETECTOR BATTERIES: Functioning smoke detectors save lives! Be sure to change the batteries in your smoke detectors every time you change the furnace filters. It’s worth the few dollars for your peace of mind. Test your smoke detectors at least weekly.
- If you have a wood-burning FIREPLACE, now is the time to have the chimney inspected and cleaned. Please send us a copy of your receipt for this work, so we can update your renter file.
- As is common in northern Nevada, we may get another warm period or two during the winter months. If we do, you’ll need to hand-water your landscaped areas. Otherwise, it’s perfectly normal for lawns and some foliage to go dormant during the winter. “Dormant” and “dead” are the not the same thing. UNR Cooperative Extension Service (http://www.washoeet.dri.edu/index.html) is an excellent resource for information on Nevada’s high desert conditions, and what is needed to keep your landscaped areas healthy.
- MAINTENANCE: Now is a good time to check under your sinks, around your home, and all perimeter areas for any maintenance issues. Please report any needed repairs to us, via your tenant portal. Just sign in from our main website at www.TMPMrentals.com, and you’ll have the option to make a repair request. You can also use the request form for general questions, too! We at “TMPM” wish you and your loved ones a wonderful fall and winter season! Thank you for being a valued renter. We appreciate you!
TRUCKEE MEADOWS PROPERTY MANAGEMENT
I’d love to hear what you’re including in your newsletter this year. Please share, by leaving a comment below! And, thanks for reading.