So we signed a lease this morning on a house built in 1905 thats been partially renovated. AFTER we sign and the agent leaves were looking around and I realized something I missed. Something big. I knew the master walk in closet had the walls missing (looks like they stopped after putting in insulation) and I would need to drywall it if I want to use it but some how it just didn't occur to me that the closet ceiling is open into the attic and from the floor I'm not seeing any insulation peaking out and I see an air vent in the attic and can feel cold air coming in (today is our first kinda chilly day this year). My room is going to be a bleepin ice box! It can get sub zero here. House is "as is". I like the house. Its for sale, I am treating this as a trial to see if we like it enough to buy and give me time to find out what all is wrong with it.
I am going to get my hands on a ladder and check out the attic and see what its got for insulation, my 1st priority will be to finish and close out that closet, we should have snow in less then a month.
Is it worth the cost to insulate the attic? It will cost about $500 to add an R-38 layer of the rolled stuff (on sale right now). I've never done insulation before, do I have to nail it down? Lease says I have to leave anything I attach to the house, if we pull out I want to take my insulation with me lol
The house is equipped with an oil heater which is way to expensive to use. Previous guy used one of those Eden Pure heaters, I pulled his usage history and his highest bill was $144 in Jan which is the coldest month. I'm guessing that open attic is why he moved in Feb. Suggestions for the best bang for your buck portable electric heaters? If we buy I will be installing a rocket mass heater, the place is plumed for wood heat but they removed the stove and its not allowed in the lease.
I plan on putting plastic on all the windows, I found 4ml window plastic at walmart which is 3x thicker then the window kits they carry.
I'll make some draft doger things for the doors
I know the kitchen and bathroom have been totally renovated and well insulated. Upstairs where the bedrooms are I don't think anything has been done.
Everyone will have bed tents to help keep us warm at night.