As the leaves begin turning and the weather cools, there are a couple of repairs and maintenance tasks that have to be done before winter for your Waukesha rental properties. Part of setting up for the coming cold weather is ensuring that your rental home is correctly insulated. Insulation and weather stripping increase the value and efficiency of a rental home, protecting it and its residents from extreme temperatures and high energy expenses. A properly insulated rental home is going to keep residents warm and happy all winter long.
As with other repair and maintenance items related to a rental home’s structure, insulation and weather stripping shouldn’t be installed, replaced, or maintained by the residents. There is no guarantee that residents would do a proper job. Additionally, using certain types of insulation can be harmful if not handled properly.
As the owner, you could try to insulate your rental home yourself. There are various means, all of which would yield good results. Fiberglass insulation is offered in rolls and batts that are ready for installation in walls and in the attic. Other types of insulation include blown-in insulation, which is a kind of loose fill blown into attics or walls. Expanding foam insulation can be used as well, which sprays on like a thin foam but then 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 stop drafts. Every option is intended for use in different parts of the home and requires safety gear and some specialized equipment to install.
Whether replacing old or worn insulation or insulating your rental properties for the first time, insulation is something that needs to be included in your property management plan. Existing insulation and weather stripping have to be checked annually for signs of wear, and holes or gaps should be filled before the cold weather hits. Waiting until your Waukesha residents complain or until the issue is too big to ignore is not a good plan.
As part of our excellent property management services, Real Property Management Greater Milwaukee can make sure that your rental home is well insulated before winter arrives and that routine insulation repairs are performed. No need to put 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 additional information about our comprehensive property management services, please contact us online or call us at 262-309-6961 today!
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