Quick ticket preventative measures
Keep your rear yard and exterior premises free of trash and debris
Mow your grass regularly during growing season
Shovel your sidewalk within the 24 hour allotted time of the ordinance
(Shoveling snow: If you are not able to shovel snow due to a handicap, disability or age, make it known, there are many community resources such as Columbia Life Network and local Facebook pages that can inform volunteers interested in assisting with snow removal to assist you. If you are able bodied and just don’t want to do it, there are many people that will do it for you for a small fee. Facebook and other social media broadcast their services and fees. Keep your sidewalks safe for the elderly and children who travel the town on foot.)
Maintain vehicles; keep inspection up to date
Maintain working smoke detectors. If your smoke detector is beeping every 2 minutes, it needs a new battery(ies).
(Carbon Monoxide detectors: It is important to remember that carbon monoxide is a heavier gas than smoke. Carbon monoxide detectors should be installed no more than 12 inches from the floor. The combination carbon and smoke detectors are ideal for basements, but may not be a good other rooms. There should be a carbon monoxide detector installed on every floor of your home.)
Maintain your premises free of rodent and insect infestation
The cold weather may make your home a welcoming environment for mice seeking heat and shelter. Some simple non-chemical remedies may help keep them at bay:
These websites are a great resource for some ideas to keep mice away from your home.
Bedbugs have been around for ages. Take the preventative measures at these websites and your home can remain bed bug free.
Below are websites that provide information on ways to prevent and get rid of a roach infestation.
This time of year, can also bring on the freezing of pipes. Winterizing your home can help keep your heating bills low and protect your pipes from freezing and bursting.
TOP 10 VIOLATIONS FOUND DURING A RENTAL INSPECTION
1. missing/inoperable smoke detectors
2. carbon monoxide detector misplaced
3. cracking/peeling paint
4. fire extinguisher not present or expired
5. loose toilets
6. water damaged ceiling
7. improper ventilation in bathroom
8. no deadbolt
9. missing handrails/guardrails
10. no lighting at basement steps