How to winterize your rental property - Rental Property Maintenance

Here's a checklist for winterizing your rental property.



It's that time of the year again. Here in the Pacific Northwest, winters aren't too harsh but it is still important to winterize your rental. Just one cold spell can wreak havoc on your pipes, gutters, roof, and unfortunately more. But have no fear, we are here to help! The checklist below is a must-do heading into winter.


While the items listed below will set your property up well for the cold months ahead, it is not exhaustive. Your koi pond in the front yard will require some attention, although we don't have it listed below (maybe a future blog post).


  1. Blow the irrigation system. This will require a landscaping company to come out to clear your systems, but it's quick and not very expensive.

  2. Detach your hose(s) and cover the spigots. Water left in the hose/spout can cause pipes to crack and the spouts to malfunction (not to mention the hose as well).

  3. Caulk any cracks or holes around your windows. Exterior silicone caulk is the way to go here. It's water-resistant and very durable.

  4. Clear the gutters. With more precipitation in the winter months, your gutters need to function as well as possible. All those needles, leaves, pine cones, etc. clog things up.

  5. Clean up the roof and siding. If you notice any moss build-up (common in the PNW) it's best to scrape it to prevent further build-up. We don't recommend hopping on the roof yourself, hire someone who has the proper equipment.

  6. Bring in outdoor furniture and grills. If your furniture sits outside all winter in the elements, you'll be buying new furniture before you know it.

  7. Insulate water supply pipes. Focus on pipes that aren't kept warm by insulation or heating - pipes in the attic, crawl spaces, garage. Foam pipe covers work well and are easy to install.

  8. Install draft guards and weather stripping to necessary doors. Draft guards are inexpensive and slide onto the bottom of a door.

  9. Replace the furnace filters. This is important to do regularly but especially important heading into winter. You and your tenants will want the furnace working as well as possible.

  10. Adjust the thermostat. If you're turning over a unit or a single family home, make sure you don't let the temperature dip below 50 degrees. Damage to unprotected pipes can ensue if it gets too cold.


While there's a decent to-do list above, winterizing your rental property (or any property for that matter) will pay dividends in the long run. On top of that, these tasks aren't very time-consuming or expensive.


Any questions for us, please feel free to reach out anytime. Happy winterizing!