Winter Insulation Tips for Rental Properties
Landlords face challenges all-year-round, but winter is usually the most troubling time of year for landlords and their rental property. Low temperatures, wind and rain all cause problems for a rental property, and if a tenant is unhappy, a landlord has issues to deal with. Therefore, we are pleased to offer winter insulation tips for rental properties, hopefully keeping your tenant happier over the coldest months of the year.
Loft or roof insulation is worth investing in
With warm air rising, insulating your loft or roof area makes sense. There is a range of options you can choose from, and thankfully, there are options suitable for every budget. Shredded newspaper can be used to insulate a property better, but there are also commercially available insulation products you can buy.
Rolls of mineral wool insulation are affordable, and you should be able to install it yourselves, without too much trouble. Another solution is rigid insulation board, which should be cut to size. It is best to leave this project to professionals, as the boards must be a close fit to their surroundings.
Wall insulation makes a difference
In many rental properties, the most effective insulation solution is cavity wall insulation. This is usually injected into the space which lies between the inner and outer brickwork and is inserted from outside the property.
If the rental property has solid walls, the process is more complicated, but calling on a professional will ensure you receive the support and guidance you need for this work. Most heat energy is lost through your walls, so improving the insulation here makes sense.
Fill cracks and gaps in
If you have cracks and holes in your window and door frames, hot air will likely escape your home while cooler air will enter. This may not seem like a significant issue, but this causes draughts and can make a room feel uncomfortable. You must review these areas around your doors and windows and make improvements where necessary.
You should review your floors, walls, skirting boards and even space beneath your doors to minimise draughts. Draught excluders are affordable yet effective, so don’t think you need to spend a lot of money to improve your home insulation, but you must be proactive with the process.
Carpets, throws and rugs add style and functionality
It is also possible to improve the insulation of a property by adding carpets, throws or rugs to the room. As a landlord, you can persuade the tenant to choose their colour or style of rug or throw, and this will help them to stamp their style on the property. This will hopefully help tenants to feel settled at your rental property. If a tenant is happy and settled, they will be more likely to keep the property in good condition, and they may stay in the property for longer.
If you need any help managing your rental property, contact Koopers, and we’ll be more than happy to assist you.