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Should You Provide Outdoor Furniture to Your Tenants?

A Cozy Patio Filled with Beautiful Outdoor FurnitureIf your Monroeville rental property has a porch or patio, you may be thinking about buying furniture for it. Despite everything, a great outdoor space can add a lot to a rental home’s curb appeal. However, before you begin buying, there are several things 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 significant to consider all of the potential benefits and drawbacks before offering outdoor furniture to your tenants.

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

The lifespan of your outdoor furniture change easily depending 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 every type of outdoor furniture. Moreover, if your tenant rarely covers or cares for the furniture, dirt, rust, or sun, rain, or snow exposure could easily turn that beautiful outdoor chair or table into an eyesore.

It is also necessary to keep in mind when purchasing outdoor furniture for your Monroeville rental property is whether the backyard and your property’s location is suited for it. Wanting to fill a small patio or porch with large furniture is not a good idea, and also adding very small pieces to a large space. Either one might make your property’s outdoor spaces look uncomfortable, rather than inviting.

Furthermore, it is significant 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 occur. For example, metal furniture can get very hot in the sun and cause serious burns in warmer climates, especially during the summer.

Before going out to buy outdoor furniture, it is important to consider the question from your tenant’s perspective. Some tenants may already have some patio and other furnishings, and maybe they don’t like the furnishings you offer. That can generate a whole new set of problems, 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. Adding a sofa or other unsuitable furniture outside of your rental house will soon become a big 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. When you already provide the patio furniture in position, you significantly reduce the chances that your tenant will add unsuitable furniture of their own.

Finally, buying outdoor furniture for your Monroeville rental property is a choice you can only make. However, with the exact information and comprehensive evaluation, you can easily determine which path is beneficial for your investment properties.

Looking for more advice, or even someone to manage your rental? Reach out to Real Property Management Three Rivers! Contact us online or call us at 724-804-8254 today.

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