Property Preservation Winterization

Property Preservation Winterization:
Contractor Guide & Reference

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A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.

New Living Translation: Provers 27:12

About The Author
As you are about to discover, much of my training material is in a form writers call “storytelling form.” I am most comfortable writing in this style and it is a time-honored and proven method of teaching…

The information supplied in this guide is of a general nature and is intended to serve as educational material only. It is sold with the understanding that the publisher and author are not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other professional services. If legal or other expert assistance is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought…

The information in this guide comes from a variety of sources:…

The Professional Contractor
The process of winterization gives you the opportunity to show that you are a professional doing good work and someone that needs to be put close to the top when it comes time to hand out work assignments…

The process of winterization gives you the opportunity to show that you are a professional doing good work and someone that needs to be put close to the top when it comes time to hand out work assignments…

Reputation Management
In addition to doing superb work, there are a few things that will boost your reputation. One of the most mentioned in the property preservation industry, along with documentation, is communication. Companies want to be able to get ahold of you when they need to and know that what you say is 100% reliable…

Guidelines & Standards
HUD, The Department of Housing and Urban Development, issues notices, called “Mortgagee Letters”, that are addressed to “All Mortgagees.” A mortgagee is a mortgage…


The most recent Mortgagee Letter that affects property preservation contractors is Mortgagee Letter 2010-18, ML 2010-18…

Tools & Supplies
Non-Toxic RV/Marine Antifreeze. Do not use automotive anti-freeze. RV and Marine antifreeze is pink in color and is available at local hardware and…

Supply Companies
provides all your property preservation and management REO supplies. Locks and lock boxes, maintenance supplies

What Is Winterization?
Winterization is the process of removing the potential of damage due to the freezing of water in unheated areas of a property. Key areas for the potential of freeze damage is the property’s plumbing system, heating systems and…

Winterization Liabilities
Don’t assume work orders are always correct. Do your own investigation to make sure you are at the right property and…

Common Elements Of All Work
The following short list contains a few things you should be doing at every property regardless of what work is specified on the work order…

Keeping Field Notes
You should be keeping a field notes in diary form. Yes, it is additional work and more time taken, but it…

Documenting The Winterization
One of my biggest concerns is that I need to convince you that your liability for property preservation services is always a factor you have to take into consideration and winterization liability is at the top of the list…

Winterization Photos
Boiler Winterization Photos
Before: tank being drained
During: tank being drained
After: completed…

Winterization Photo Checklist
Anti freeze being poured into toilet tanks and bowls.
Toilet tanks and bowls once anti freeze has been installed.
Toilet bowls taped with blue painters tape.
Winterization signage in front window and front door…

Pre-Winterization Inspection
Let’s make sure you do things right the first time, cover your rear end and make as much money as possible.  Start the winterization by first inspecting the entire property…

Elements Common To All Winterizations

Problem Causing Actions

REO Or Property Preservation

The Winterization Mindset

Winterization Dates & Schedule

How To Handle Frozen Properties

How To Handle Other Damages

Bidding Winterization Work

What About The Utilities?

Winterization Systems Procedures

Water Shut Off

Common Water Lines

Partial Winterization

Activating Heating System

Radiant Heat Winterization Steps

Steam Heat Winterization Steps

Dry Heat Winterization Steps

Heating System Identification

Dry Heat

Radiant Heat

Steam Heat

Winterizing Components

Sump Pumps

Reduced Pressure Zone Device

Water Heater Problem Areas

Cleaning Toilets

Sprinkler / Irrigation Systems

Water Softeners

Fire Protection Systems

Winterizing Pools


Common Contractor Mistakes


Winterization Check List

Winterization Photo Checklist