As the weather cools and the leaves start changing, there are specific repairs and maintenance tasks that have to be performed on your Kalamazoo rental properties before winter. Part of preparing for the cold weather to come is making sure that your rental home is well 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 are going to do a good job. Also, handling specific types of insulation can be dangerous if not done correctly.
As the owner, you can attempt to insulate your rental home yourself. There are various different methods, all of which are going to provide good results. Fiberglass insulation is available in rolls and batts that are ready to be installed in the attic and in walls. Other types of insulation include blown-in insulation, a kind of loose fill that is blown into attics or walls. There is expanding foam insulation as well, which sprays on like a thin foam but then expands to fill a gap or space around pipes, windows and doors, and other spots. And of course, weather stripping is used around doors and windows to prevent drafts. Each type is designed to be used in different areas of the home and necessitates the use of safety gear and some specialized equipment to install.
Whether it’s your first time insulating your rental properties or replacing old or worn insulation, insulation should be part of your property management plan. Existing insulation and weather stripping needs to be checked every year for signs of wear, and holes or gaps should be filled before cold weather comes. Waiting until your Kalamazoo residents complain or until the problem has gotten too big to ignore is not a good idea.
As part of our quality property management services, Real Property Management Investment Solutions can make certain that your rental home is well insulated before winter comes and that insulation repairs are done regularly. No need to add installing insulation to the list of tasks 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 616-419-8880 today!
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