When you own your home, you can make any improvements you want. However, renters face steeper challenges because they have to convince their landlords to make those changes. When you think that the HVAC system in your rented Northbrook, Illinois, home is on its last legs, use these strategies to get your landlord on your side and get that needed upgrade.
Build Your Evidence
Don’t visit your landlord empty-handed. Instead, collect any evidence that could prove persuasive. For instance, you might show your landlord six months of extremely high electricity bills to prove the existing system’s inefficiency. You could also take pictures of any damaged HVAC parts or areas of the home where evaporator coil leaks or other issues have caused damage.
Give a Gentle Reminder
Older HVAC systems often need more maintenance than their newer counterparts. If you’ve had to deal with HVAC repair multiple times during your tenancy, remind your landlord that these service costs add up quickly. Replacing a defective unit might cost more up front, but it can save big bucks in the long run. Bring information from the Energy Star website and other authorities on energy-efficient HVAC systems.
Focus On the Upside
You already know why you want an HVAC upgrade: the existing system is inefficient, ineffective, or deficient in some way. However, those complaints won’t necessarily get your landlord to agree to your proposal. Instead, focus on the upsides the landlord will enjoy as a result of the upgrade.
For instance, when and if you move out of the rental, the landlord can use the updated HVAC appliances as an added feature of the unit. This could result in more interest and even increased rental rate. It also adds value to the house if the landlord eventually decides to get out of the rental business and sell the property.
Even if you rent your home, you don’t have to endure the costs and loss of comfort that go with an inefficient HVAC system. Instead, get together with your landlord and discuss the benefits of new HVAC installations. Invite your landlord to call Roberts Heating & Air at 847-272-5836 for more information.
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