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Did you know that landlords can now get free loft, cavity and solid wall insulation and more, especially if your tenants are in receipt of benefits?
The procedure to find out whether your properties qualify for free insulation is simple; it costs just £100 for a survey and if the works go ahead the survey fee is refunded too!
The surveyor will measure the existing insulation in the loft. Cavity wall insulation is a simple drill test and holes are filled again afterwards. The turnaround on insulations is really fast and done by approved insulation teams.
External insulation is available for properties pre 1920 which are of a solid construction. An additional wall is added and then rendered. It looks really smart, adds value to a property and costs the landlord nothing!
There are a lot of misunderstandings amongst landlords surrounding the Green Deal. I don’t profess to being an expert but I do know that a lot of the work which is completed as a result of Green Deal assessments isn’t necessarily paid for with Green Deal funding. There are several grants available too! These are very much dependent upon your tenants’ financial circumstances. Therefore, it is important that your chosen assessors/surveyors and the companies they work with to arrange funding and installations based on their recommendations also obtain comprehensive details of your tenants finances to obtain the most efficient funding. The company we have now partnered with are a FTSE 250 company and employ over 70,000 people. They provide these services to Housing Associations and Councils. They are, therefore, incredibly well placed to advise you and your tenants properly.
The problem with trying to investigate all the different schemes yourself is that you don’t know what YOU don’t know and you don’t know what you local man doesn’t know either!
It’s all very well trying a DIY approach to this but why bother when, under the scheme we have put together, you get the £100 survey fee back when the works are done anyway?
What’s the point in going to a local supplier who has a handful of contacts when you can go to a National company which is bang up to date with all the schemes available?
In terms of the £100 survey fee, I can’t see why some landlords might perceive this is an issue. Why would anybody do the research if they were not indenting to go ahead?
As I see it, the £100 is merely a refundable commitment fee.
Conclusion – if you are serious about improving your property and you want the best advice on all schemes without doing the leg work then pay your £100 to our recommended supplier, get the work done and get your £100 back. SIMPLES!
Advantages to having an assessment and proceeding with works are; increased property values, reducing carbon emissions and happy tenants as the cost of the energy bills will be lower, especially over time as we are all aware that energy costs are rising quickly.
The businesses we have partnered with have surveyors and installers throughout the country which means that customer service is fast and efficient. Remember, your survey fee is refunded when the works proceed.
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Important note – this article was updated on 8th April 2013. Some of the comments below refer to Michael Wakefield, an insulation specialist who very kindly who provided content in the original article. We have since removed that content and now refer all enquiries to a National supplier which has the resource not only to respond quickly, but also to arrange and complete insulation work in a timely manner no matter where your properties are located.
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