While keeping up a Fort Lauderdale rental property, it is vital not to disregard how its exterior appearance looks. How a rental home appears on the outside can explicitly influence its property values, just as the home’s curb appeal. It is good to handle the exterior elements of your rental home meticulously and to have your tenants onboard with the plans to keep it looking good.
There’s a moment when your idea of a “nice” exterior is different from what your tenant needs, and when a difference in opinions happen, issues usually follow. A couple of renters aren’t content with just making sure their yard is kept up and wish to alter or add to the rental home’s exterior features as well. With do-it-yourself home improvements becoming more standard these days, the chances are that increasing numbers of tenants will try to make “improvements” with or without your approval.
For instance, your tenant may choose to have a pergola instead of the patio umbrella that you already have in the home. While it may appear to be harmless enough to give them a chance to construct one out in the backyard, this is a hotbed for permit violations, damage to the property, and even personal injuries. (On the off chance that somebody was harmed you may have a significant lawsuit staring you in the face, on top of everything else.) Broken sprinkler or gas lines, damaged siding, and poor workmanship can all make costly fixes and hazardous conditions in the yard.
The same goes for other popular home improvements, such as painting, replacing the garage door or adding a deck or porch. Unique personal preferences and/or low-quality remodeling lower property values, make it harder to rent it out. In a nutshell, it just isn’t a good idea to have tenants making changes by themselves.
The best strategy is to stop home “improvement” projects before they start. Create clear language within the lease to spell out the fact that tenants are not allowed to make permanent changes to your Fort Lauderdale rental property. It is also necessary to check on your property often, making sure that a sneaky tenant hasn’t taken matters into their own hands. Of course, this takes time away from doing other things.
That’s when you should pick up the phone and give Real Property Management Asset Solutions a call. We perform regular property evaluations designed to stop unauthorized tenant improvements in their tracks. If you are interested in learning more, please contact us online or by phone at 954-889-5627.
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