The Commercial team at Ryder & Dutton offer Landlords & tenants a few tips on how to prepare their properties for the Winter months…


It’s that time of year again when commercial Landlords & tenants should think about preparing their properties for the winter months to avoid future repair costs, particularly vacant premises that are at an increased risk of deteriorating in the colder weather.


Here’s how to keep your properties in the best possible condition until the Spring arrives…



Make sure that the boiler is in good working order and serviced to ensure that it’s not only safe but to avoid it breaking down. If you have a condensing boiler, insulate the external condensate and ensure it is of the correct bore! Also we advice that you consider fitting a trace heater to prevent the boiler from freezing.



A lot of heat loss in the home can be through the walls. Properly installed cavity or solid insulation can be a good option and reduce your energy bills but you are advised to obtain expert advice first before proceeding. Check the pointing – frost can play havoc with poorly maintained walls and also make sure water can run off the building; fill gaps to cement angle fillets at wall junctions. Finally, consider fitting reflective foil behind radiators on outside walls for extra protection from heat loss.



Make sure you thoroughly inspect the roof and make sure to replace any cracked tiles that you find as soon as you can. If your chimney pot is in place, but not in use, you should consider protecting them by fitting ventilated cowls.  



It is inevitable that guttering will get blocked with leaves and debris so regular cleaning will prevent any possible water damage and damp issues and also take particular care that the gulleys are clear as overflowing gutters can drench walls and cause damage. Also you should insulate external drain pipes (eg those for central heating) with waterproof tape or similar material!



Be sure to check the perimeters of all windows to make sure water flows away from glass and doesn’t collect on the sill, or drain behind it. It is also very important to minimize draughts.  If double-glazing is not in place (it cuts heat loss through windows by 50 percent), consider fitting cheaper options such as secondary glazing or put polythene across the window frames! Also, consider the fact that curtains can make a big difference to heat loss, so invest in some thermally insulated curtains for windows and the outside doors if needs be!



We can not stress the importance of carrying out these jobs sooner rather than later. You don’t want to find yourself spending time and money that you don’t have on what could lead to potentially serious problems that can easily be avoided!