Do-it-yourself home improvements are all the rage right now. Reality shows and social media have encouraged all kinds of individuals to try to remodel or repair the interior of their homes independently. Woefully, this rage isn’t just liked by homeowners, but among renters also. Though landlords desire a tenant who will protect their rental home as if it’s their own asset, there are renters who take it a bit extreme. With a few proactive methods, Churchville property owners can prevent unwanted tenant “improvements” and keep their rental homes in good condition.
In addition to home improvements, the kitchen and bathroom are the usual remodeling goals. There are several popular videos that demonstrate excited do-it-yourselfers how to paint cabinets, revamp faucets and hardware, and exchange light fixtures. The latest refinements in these rooms also encompass tile backsplashes and brightly painted walls. When implemented correctly, these sorts of minor remodeling can create unique interior spaces.
The trouble is that interiors don’t add to your property’s value at all. In reality, if your tenant does an inferior job, your property value could even depreciate. For example, if your tenant elects to apply wallpaper in their living room, they could not only spoil the painted surface underneath but also make a wall-to-wall nightmare that will be extravagant to repair.
Because unique preferences differ from person to person, customized interiors can also critically hamper your ability to have the home rented by a different tenant. For instance, an accent wall in fuchsia may look alluring to your present renter, but the next tenant may not find it attractive at all. In contrast, if your tenant wounds themselves or destroys the household’s plumbing or electrical systems while performing these tasks, that creates a new set of headache-inducing problems. If they manage to crack a pipe or incorrectly connect the fittings while adjusting a bathroom faucet, you may be mopping up leaks and water damage that should have not occurred had you prevented them from doing DIYs.
While slight maintenance jobs can and should be demanded of a renter, reconditions or the remodeling of any of the home’s permanent elements should be discouraged in the lease. Another smart approach is to complete regular property evaluations, something that we at Real Property Management Prosperity extends to all of our property holders in Churchville and the surrounding areas. We will look after your rental home and we’ll see to it that the tenant is keeping the property in good condition and quickly handle any tenant requests for improvements or repairs. Contact us online or call us at 267-433-4200 to see what we can do for you.
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