As the weather cools and the leaves begin turning, there are certain repairs and maintenance tasks for your Hudson rental properties that have to be done before winter. In preparing for the cold weather to come, you have to make sure that your rental home is properly insulated. Insulation and weather stripping add value and efficiency to a rental property, avoiding extreme temperatures and high energy costs. A well-insulated rental home is one that is going to keep residents warm and happy all winter long.
As with other maintenance and repair responsibilities related to the structure of a rental property, insulation and weather stripping should not be left to the residents to install, maintain, or replace. There is no guarantee that residents would do a good job. Certain kinds of insulation can be dangerous if not handled properly.
As the owner, you can attempt to insulate your rental home yourself. There are numerous methods that will provide good results. Fiberglass insulation is available in rolls and batts that are ready to be installed in the attic and in the walls. Other types of insulation include blown-in insulation, a kind of loose fill that is blown into attics or walls. Expanding foam insulation can be used as well, which sprays on a thin foam that expands to seal a gap or space around pipes, windows and doors, and other areas. And lastly, weather stripping is installed around doors and windows to block drafts. Every option is intended for use in different areas of the home and needs safety gear and some specialized equipment to install.
Whether insulating your rental properties for the first time or changing old or worn insulation, insulation is something that should be included in your property management plan. Existing insulation and weather stripping must be assessed yearly for signs of wear. Holes or gaps should be filled before cold weather arrives. Waiting until your Hudson residents complain or until the issue is too big to ignore is not a good idea.
As part of our excellent property management services, Real Property Management Metro West-Worcester can ensure that your rental home is correctly insulated before winter comes and that insulation repairs are performed regularly. No need to add installing insulation to the list of stuff you already have to do! We’ll handle everything, leaving you free to grow your investment activities and enjoy the long-term benefits of your rental properties. For more information about our comprehensive property management services, please contact us online or call us at 508-329-6000 today!
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