As the chilly winds sweep through our beautiful city of Dunedin, winter heralds its arrival with frosty mornings and cozy evenings by the fireplace. While we all appreciate the charm of this season, it's essential to ensure that tenanted properties remain safe, comfortable, and well-maintained during the colder months. At Mana Property Management, we believe in creating a seamless living experience for both tenants and landlords. In this blog post, we will share some valuable tips for winter maintenance to protect your property investment and provide a warm haven for your tenants.

Heating and Insulation

One of the top priorities during the winter season is the property’s heat source. Ensure that all heating appliances, such as heat pumps, radiators, and gas heaters, are in good working condition. Schedule a professional maintenance check to guarantee they function optimally, providing sufficient warmth for your tenants.

Proper insulation is also crucial in Dunedin's colder climate. While your property will already be compliant with Healthy Homes Standards by now, continue to inspect doors and windows for drafts, and consider investing in additional quality insulation materials to retain heat indoors. Insulation not only keeps your tenants comfortable but also helps reduce energy bills.

Gutter Maintenance

Dunedin experiences its fair share of rainfall during winter, making gutter maintenance a critical task. Clean gutters regularly to prevent blockages caused by leaves and debris. This will ensure that rainwater can flow freely and prevent potential damage to the property's exterior.

Exterior and Garden Care

The exterior of a property takes a beating during winter. Walk around the property and look for any cracks, loose shingles, or damaged areas. Promptly address these issues to prevent water leaks and maintain the property's structural integrity.

Trimming overgrown branches and shrubs in the garden is also essential to prevent damage during storms and to keep the property looking neat. Remember, a well-kept garden enhances the overall appeal of the property.

Plumbing Checks

Frozen pipes are a common problem during winter, and they can lead to costly damages if not addressed promptly. Ensure that all exposed pipes are adequately insulated, and educate tenants about the importance of keeping the property warm to prevent freezing.

Encourage tenants to report any plumbing issues immediately, so you can take swift action and avoid more extensive problems.

Regular Inspections and Communication

Maintaining open communication with your tenants is vital. Schedule regular property inspections to address any maintenance needs promptly. These inspections also provide an opportunity to build rapport with your tenants and address any concerns they may have.


At Mana Property Management we understand the importance of winter maintenance to ensure a comfortable living environment for your tenants and protect your property investment. Following these essential tips will help you navigate through the winter season smoothly.

Our experienced team is here to assist you throughout the year with our high-quality property management services. Don't hesitate to reach out to us for any property-related needs. Let us handle the winter maintenance while you focus on enjoying the cozy moments this season brings.

Contact us today to learn more about our services and to chat with our dedicated team members who are ready to take care of your valuable investment. Click here to book a free appraisal directly in our calendar or give us a call on 03 487 8351 to have a chat. Stay warm and worry-free this winter!