Many features of a buy-to-let property will make potential tenants enamored with it, from its location to its features. Making sure that your property is suited to your target market can improve your rental yields, creates less vacancy, and improve the tenant’s satisfaction.
Making your buy-to-let property home energy efficient can increase the rental yields and contributes to a higher EPC rating, increasing your property’s worth, and can future proof the property for any future laws that will be passed.
Make your buy-to-let property energy efficient by switching to energy-efficient appliances
So if your current appliances are reaching the end of their useful lives and need an upgrade, ensure that you choose electrical equipment that are energy efficient. With the EU regulation, appliances must be marked with an energy label indicating their efficiency. Appliances such as washing machines, TVs, electric ovens, boilers, freezers and fridges, lightbulbs, and dishwashers.
Their energy label rates range from G to A. A being the highest and G, the lowest. The higher the energy label rates the biggest savings you’ll have in a long term.
Make your buy-to-let property energy efficient by replacing old lightbulbs with energy-efficient light bulbs
Lighting is one of the categories that is assed in the EPC rating calculation of the properties. House lights count for 10% to 20% of the energy bill. Thus, switching to energy-saving bulbs is the easiest way to improve the energy efficiency of the property.
Make your buy-to-let property energy efficient by installing a smart meter
Under the government scheme, smart meters are being rolled out all across properties in the UK. Smart meters are free, and they can automatically track the amount of energy you’ve used. This enables tenants to keep track of their energy usage.
Smart meters are available through most energy suppliers.
Make your buy-to-let property more energy efficient by installing double glazed windows
A double-glazed window can make the property more energy-efficient. It can be up to 10 to 20 times more efficient compared with a single glazed window. It helps reduced heat loss and thus lowering your energy consumption.
A double-glazed window is also ideal for a property in a busy area like in London. It is also more secure against forced entry and prone to accidental internal breakages due to its thickness.
It insulates the home against the sun. This means that it helps reduce the interior damage that the sun can cause to a property.
But of course, it is important to also ensure that the double-glazed window is well designed.
Expert Help from Bluestone Properties
At Bluestone Properties, we help our landlords get the most of their buy-to-let properties, be that through finding the right tenants, keeping the vacancy rate lower, and managing their properties.
For more information, call us today on 0208 355 3405 or simply fill out the contact form and we’ll get back to you.
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