Winter Maintenance Checklist for Strata Properties

As the chill of winter sets in, it’s time for Owners Corporation and lot owners to ensure their buildings are ready to withstand the cold months ahead. Winter brings its own set of challenges, which can take a toll on buildings if not properly maintained. At MBCM Strata Specialists, we understand the importance of proactive maintenance to protect your investment and ensure the safety and comfort of residents.

  • Inspect Heating Systems: Schedule a professional inspection of your heating systems to ensure they are in good working order. Clean or replace filters as needed and consider upgrading to more energy-efficient options to save on utility costs.
  • Check Insulation: Proper insulation is essential for keeping warmth inside and preventing heat loss. Inspect insulation in attics, crawl spaces, and exterior walls, and repair any damaged or inadequate insulation.
  • Clear Gutters and Downspouts: Leaves, debris, and or even ice can clog gutters and downspouts, leading to water damage and ice dams. Clean gutters regularly and ensure downspouts are directing water away from the building’s foundation.
  • Inspect Roof: Check the roof for loose or damaged shingles, flashing, and seals. Repair any issues to prevent leaks and water damage during winter storms.
  • Seal Windows and Doors: Windows and doors can allow cold air to enter and warm air to escape, increasing heating costs. Seal around windows and doors to seal any gaps and improve energy efficiency.
  • Winterise Outdoor Spaces: Prepare outdoor areas for winter by storing patio furniture, draining outdoor pipes and hoses, and winterising irrigation systems.
  • Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Ensure smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are in good working condition by testing them regularly and replacing batteries as needed. Winter heating systems increase the risk of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning, so early detection is crucial.
  • Communicate with Residents: Keep residents informed about winter maintenance plans, procedures, and expectations. Provide them with tips for winterising their own units and encourage them to report any maintenance issues promptly.

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