A Tip from a Landlord in Cold Temps

I was reflecting today on how I have been a landlady since I was about 20 years old and have now accumulated 30 plus years of experience.  Wow.  I was impressed with myself when I realized how young I was when I started 🙂  In the 30 plus years I have had to take care of various issues, and it got me thinking about things that I have learned along the way  that I can share that might be helpful to others.

Yesterday, Canada was the coldest spot in the entire world. Geraldton, Ontario hit -51!!! One of the things that has been coming up a  lot lately, while wearing my landlady hat in these frigid temps, is freezing pipes and water issues.  So today’s tip from me is for everyone. Whether you are a home owner, a landperson (correct term?) lol, or a tenant, everyone needs to know this:

In your home or residence make sure you know where to shut off your main water that goes into the house as well as the shut off valve on your hot water tank.  There are also individual shut offs under sinks and such which are good to know, but knowing where the two main ones are are the most important!

water valve

When a pipe breaks or there is a leak, one does not have time to think and figure these things out. 🙂

Being prepared is the best way to circumvent disaster and costly repercussions.

I hope you found this helpful and I look forward to sharing more useful information to empower others on life’s journey.

Maggie Holbik.com is a Life & Business Coach who believes in Servitude: the art of helping others. Maggie offers coaching to people looking to get into the rental property arena and to current landlords who need tips on the in and outs of the industry, finding good tenants, and the general business of rental property management. Her favorite person to coach on this, is the entrepreneur who is excited to start investing in rental properties or those who want to, but have fear of finding suitable tenants and how to screen them.  Maggie has en-JOYed her role as a landlord and has met amazing people throughout her years doing this.  In fact many are good friends to this day! 🙂