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As in any situation regarding your properties, safety should always be the top priority. (Photo: iStock) As in any situation regarding your properties, safety should always be the top priority. (Photo: iStock)

Many landlords, homeowners and property managers wait until a problem arises to respond or provide maintenance to a property. However, being proactive is much more effective and can help keep small problems from becoming more serious ones.

It’s tough to know how and when to be proactive when managing properties, but one difficulty you can always expect is the onset of winter and weather-related issues. Personal injuries that result from slip and falls can be costly, as can issues relating to poor home maintenance. Winter claims average nearly $27,000, which can represent a massive cost to both landlords and tenants. That said, there are ways to prepare for the winter and reduce the risk that something will go wrong.

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