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Should You Provide Outdoor Furniture to Your Tenants?

A Cozy Patio Filled with Beautiful Outdoor FurnitureIf your Jerome rental property has a porch or patio, you may be thinking about buying furniture for it. Nevertheless, a wonderful outdoor space can add a lot to a rental home’s curb appeal. But before you go to a furniture shop, there are many aspects to consider carefully. Every rental property is different, and so there is no one-size-fits-all answer to whether outdoor furniture is the right choice for you and your tenants. That’s why it is important to consider all of the potential benefits and drawbacks before buying outdoor furniture for your tenants.

Probably the first thing to consider is how long patio furniture might last. Before spending money on anything for your rental home, you need to determine whether that investment will pay for itself. Part of that calculating is figuring out the life expectancy of any outdoor furniture you wanted to purchase. Unlike other elements of your investment property, there is no one number you can use.

The lifespan of your outdoor furniture will easily adjust based on materials, construction, daily wear, and maintenance. Higher-quality furniture will probably last longer than cheaper items, but heavy use could shorten the life of any outdoor furniture. Furthermore, if your tenant never covers or cares for the furniture, dirt, rust, or sun, rain, or snow exposure will soon escalate that beautiful outdoor chair or table into an eyesore.

One of the essential details to remember when providing outdoor furniture for your Jerome rental property is whether the backyard and your property’s location is suited for it. Forcing a small patio or porch to accommodate large furniture is not advisable, as well as putting very small pieces in a large space. Either one might make your property’s outdoor spaces look uncomfortable, rather than inviting.

It’s also necessary to consider how your tenants use the space, your landscape design, and what types of outdoor furniture would best compliment the house. Certain materials may not last long in some climates, while others are an injury lawsuit waiting to happen. Metal furniture can get very hot in the sun and cause serious burns in warmer climates, especially during the summer.

Before planning to acquire outdoor furniture, it is also important to consider a question from your tenant’s perspective. Some tenants may already have a balcony and other outdoor stuff, and they may not need the furniture you offer. That can be a source of new issues, such as where to store the unused furniture.

Alternatively, if you don’t provide outdoor furniture, your tenants might decide to “decorate” the porch or patio with furniture that is not designed for outdoor use. Putting a sofa and other unsuitable furniture outside of your rental house could soon grow into a major problem. Not only will the fabric invite bugs, rodents, and mold, it will also start to look and smell terrible in a short amount of time. If you already have outdoor furniture in place, you significantly reduce the chances that your tenant will add unsuitable furniture of their own.

Finally, buying outdoor furniture for your Jerome rental property is the only choice you can make. But with the right knowledge and some proper information, you can more easily identify which direction makes sense for your investment properties.

Looking for more advice, or even someone to manage your rental? Reach out to Real Property Management Magic Valley! Contact us online or call us at 208-734-4001 today.

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