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Should You Provide Outdoor Furniture to Your Tenants?

A Cozy Patio Filled with Beautiful Outdoor FurnitureIf your Carver County rental property has a porch or patio, you may be thinking about furnishing it. Nevertheless, a great outdoor area can add a lot to a rental home’s curb appeal. But before purchasing furniture, there are some important things to consider carefully first. 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. For this reason, it is vital to consider all of the potential benefits and drawbacks before you deliver outdoor furniture to your tenants.

The first thing to consider is how long the furnishings might last. Before spending money on anything for your rental home, it would be best to determine whether that investment will pay for itself or not. Part of this plan is figuring out the life expectancy of any outdoor furniture you are planning to purchase. Unlike other elements of your investment property, there is no one number you can use.

The lifespan of your outdoor furniture depends mainly on materials, construction, daily wear, and maintenance. Higher-quality furniture will last longer than low-cost items, but heavy use could shorten the life of each kind of outdoor furniture. Furthermore, if your tenant doesn’t care for the furniture, dirt, rust, or sun, rain, or snow exposure might turn that beautiful outdoor chair or table into a washed-out eyesore.

Keep in mind before you get outdoor furniture for your Carver County rental property to evaluate whether the backyard and your property’s location is suited for it. Filling a small patio or porch with large furniture is not an ideal decision, neither is placing very small pieces in a large space. Either one might make your property’s outdoor spaces look uncomfortable, rather than inviting.

It’s also important 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 could possibly cause an injury. Metal furniture, for example,  can get very hot in the sun and cause serious burns in warmer climates, especially during the summer.

When deciding to buy outdoor furniture, it is necessary to consider the question from your tenant’s perspective. Some tenants may already have some patio and other kinds of furniture, and may not want the furniture you provide. That may cause more stress, like where to store the unused furniture.

Conversely, 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. Adding unsuitable furniture outside of your rental home may result in several issues. Not only does 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 position, you can reduce the chances that your tenant will want to add furniture of their own.

Sooner or later, buying outdoor furniture for your Carver County rental property is a decision only you can make. But if you follow the right method and do some research, you can more easily decide which direction is appropriate for your investment properties.

Looking for more advice, or even someone to manage your rental? Reach out to Real Property Management Viking! Contact us online or call us at 612-442-8850 today for expertise in property management.

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