Extreme Weather: What Property Managers Can Do

 

Colorado residents are fortunate to experience all four seasons throughout the year. While we experience 300+ days of sunshine in Colorado, we do experience our share of weather catastrophes. Summer brings the possibility of tornadoes, and inevitable hail storms. Winter time in Colorado means snow—lots of snow. Spring and fall seasons treat Colorado residents to a healthy dose of rain, snow, sunshine, high winds, and everything in between. Mother Nature likes to dish out everything she’s got in Colorado and tests the patience of homeowners and property management teams across the state.

If you’re a property manager that manages building maintenance for rental properties, then this blog is for you. We’re going to discuss how extreme weather can impact property managers and how you can stay prepared.

Hail

Summertime in Colorado is the best. Temperatures during the day rarely go above 100 degrees, the sun is out the majority of the season, and evenings are the perfect temperature for stargazing and camping. One of the biggest downfalls of summer in Colorado is it is also known as hail season. Obviously, we cannot control the weather, so it’s best to just accept that hail is going to happen during the summer months and that we cannot typically predict when it hits, and how much damage is to be expected. Rather than sitting in anticipation during a hailstorm, anxiously waiting for the last hailstone to drop to know how much damage has occurred, you can take the proactive approach and prepare the properties you manage for the relentless damage of a hailstorm. Here’s how:

  • Trim trees regularly
  • Annual roof inspections
  • Keep gutters and drainpipes free of debris
  • Ensure large items outside of the property is covered or in a garage
  • Advise tenants to keep windows closed

Tornadoes

On June 12, 2017, Fort Collins was under a severe weather and tornado watch, that resulted in a tornado touching down in Larimer county. Fortunately, there weren’t any reports of serious damage occurring, but that’s not to assume that your home will be safe from future tornadoes. In May of 2008, residents of northern Colorado experienced a detrimental tornado that took the life of one individual, totalling hundreds of vehicles in it’s path, and destroying homes and businesses in Johnstown, Windsor, and Greeley. Many people were left living in shelters for months to come until they could get back on their feet. As a property manager, what can you do to prepare your property (and tenants) for such an occasion? Again, weather is unpredictable and we only have so much control over the catastrophic damage of a tornado that is bound to happen. Some suggestions for minimal damage to property is:

  • Check your insurance policy to make sure it’s up to date and will cover tornado damage.
  • Secure outside items like patio furniture and trash cans. Place them inside of a garage or tie them down.
  • Secure shingles on your roof using roofing cement.
  • Install/fix deadbolt locks to exterior doors.
  • Identify and repair loose or damaged building components.
  • Update your garage door to an impact resistant garage door.
  • Keep trees and tree branches on the property trimmed.
  • Use waterproof caulk to fill in cracks in your home’s exterior to prevent water damage.

Blizzards

Colorado is no stranger to snow days and blizzard conditions. We experience this weather hazard so often that roads, highways, businesses, and buses rarely close down due to snow. Most residents know how to handle it. But many residents and homeowners don’t know how to prepare their home for a blizzard. It’s one thing to make sure you have all your personal essentials in the event of a blizzard, but the potential damages to your property are avoidable.

Now that we have entered the winter months, here’s what you can do now to prepare your rental properties for the first blizzard of the season:

  • Make sure weather stripping around doors and windows are current and damage-free.
  • Check your carbon monoxide detector.
  • Provide fire extinguishers. People look to heat their homes with alternative methods of heat that can pose serious fire hazards.
  • Teach your tenants how to shut off water valves to prevent pipes from bursting as temperatures drop.
  • Hire a contractor to ensure the structural ability of the roof can sustain heavyweight, like wet and heavy snow.

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