Protect your pipes from freezing. You should remember to leave the heating on a low temperate, even if the property is unoccupied, to avoid pipes freezing and bursting.
Check the brickwork around your property for cracks, which could potentially allow water in.
Check drains and gutters. It is advisable to instruct a maintenance contractor to visit your property to ensure that your drains and gutters are not blocked. During the winter, guttering can become extremely heavy with frozen water which can lead to it breaking and falling.
Drain your water system. During the winter months, your property may be vacant for a significant period of time and if you are not leaving central heating on, you might be tempted to simply turn your water off. However, there is often a lot of water left in the system, which could potentially cause damage. Instructing a plumber to drain the system (water and central heating) will help to eliminate the risk.
Get your chimney swept. Chimney fires can not only cause thousands of pounds in damage, then a loss of rental income whilst the property is being repaired, but more importantly could cause serious harm or death. It is vital to get your chimney swept at least once a year to protect your Tenants and your property.
Get your airconditioning serviced ahead of warmer weather.
Test the water for Legionella if you are opening up your holiday home for the Spring/Summer.