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Top 3 Rental Property Upgrades That May Not Be Worth the Money

pricey rental property upgradesIn terms of improving your investment properties, some modernizations offer a solid return for the money—and some don’t. One of the costly mistakes that rental property owners may commit is putting a lot of money on upgrades that don’t add much value to their property or simply don’t upgrade the overall appeal of the rental home to prospective residents. 

Being aware of which upgrades to avoid can help you invest wisely in the right property improvements. There is a general agreement among industry professionals that there are three aspects of enhancements that ought to be avoided: elaborate landscaping, installing hardwood flooring, and extensive smart technology features. 

Elaborate Landscaping 

A rental property is enhanced by its aesthetically pleasing, low-maintenance landscaping. Most renters desire an attractive yard that is pretty easy to take care of. It may appear to be a worthwhile investment to upgrade your rental property’s landscaping by placing many beautiful plants and trees or making elegant flower beds adjacent to a large, verdant lawn. In the end, curb appeal is an essential aspect of the perceived value of a rental home

On the other hand, a high-maintenance yard wastes money because it does not significantly increase the property value or the renter’s satisfaction. Moreover, while the attractive landscaping may at first entice your renter, they may quickly discover it to be an annoyance and either neglect your property or choose to vacate. In regard to landscaping a rental property, simple is better. 

Hardwood Flooring 

The warmth and natural appearance of wood flooring are popular among homeowners. However, it is susceptible to damage from water leaks or other calamities, which is why it requires a lot of upkeep. Plus, it’s imperative to contemplate whether renters will adequately care for a hardwood floor.

In light of these considerations, it’s critical to emphasize that while wood flooring may be a lovely upgrade for residents, most renters are content with a low-maintenance look-alike alternative. You need to remember that natural hardwood is one of the more expensive upgrades, which means you may not recover the installation cost, even if you opt to increase the rent.

Overdoing Smart Technology

In today’s rental market, property managers and landlords might be compelled to integrate advanced technology like smart thermostats, keyless entry systems, and energy-efficient devices to attract tenants and stay competitive. 

Nonetheless, property owners should assess the cost versus benefit of installing such enhancements. Although these technologies offer convenience and efficiency, they typically come with a significant price tag that may not validate the return on investment. 

For instance, smart home systems necessitate upfront investment and regular maintenance, which can reduce potential profits over time. In the same way, the implementation of advanced security features may give peacefulness but not significantly influence rental rates or tenant fulfillment.

What may be deemed state-of-the-art today could quickly become antiquated tomorrow, necessitating expensive upgrades or replacements. Furthermore, the complexity of these systems can result in technical problems that demand specialized expertise and resources to resolve, adding to the property’s overall operational costs. It is essential to consider all these factors when deciding to integrate new technology into your property.


Setting priorities for profitability and tenant satisfaction is of paramount significance. Complex technology installations and elaborate cosmetic modifications may appear alluring, but they may not always be the best investment. Conversely, think about adopting cost-effective upgrades that provide concrete benefits, such as essential maintenance and enhancements that improve the property’s functionality and lifespan. You can ensure long-term success in the rental market by carefully evaluating the cost versus benefit of each improvement and giving priority to those that yield the most substantial return on investment.

Aiming to optimize the return on your investment properties in Kimberly and nearby? Your search ends with Real Property Management Magic Valley! Contact us at 208-734-4001 or send us a message online at any time and we will be delighted to assist you in achieving your goals.

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