I have to keep my heat running while I’m gone to prevent the pipes from freezing

It’s tough having multiple properties, because you can’t be in more than one place at any given moment.

I have a few properties that I use myself or rent out to family members and friends. My other condos and houses are all rental properties 24/7. I don’t have a property management team handling my rentals, but I’m starting to think that I should. Just hiring an outside handyman and maintenance team isn’t enough to lighten my heavy workload. I’m driving from one location to the next on a daily basis. Even though I don’t have a second job, I’m easily working so much that it feels like I have three jobs. It’s hard when you have a tenant in one unit waiting on a new air conditioner installation, while you have a tenant in a different unit calling about a leaking pipe. Now that we’re in the grips of the cold winter season, my work has doubled with the needed preparations from one place to the next. I tell my tenants to run their furnaces to keep the pipes from freezing downstairs. A frozen pipe can lead to a massive water leak large enough to flood an entire basement. In one of the properties that I keep for personal and family use, I am always making adjustments to the smart thermostat from my smartphone. I have to turn the furnace on high enough to keep the water running without using so much heat that I’m wasting electricity. The last thing I want is a catastrophic flood inside my house while I’m away at a different location. Even with flood insurance, severe water damage can be difficult to completely reverse if drywall and wood framing are exposed.

 

Air conditioning professional