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Should You Provide Outdoor Furniture to Your Tenants?

A Cozy Patio Filled with Beautiful Outdoor FurnitureIf your Mountain Green rental property has a porch or patio, you may be thinking about buying furniture for it. After all, a remarkable outdoor space can add a lot to a rental home’s curb appeal. But before you go shopping, there are some 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 is exactly why it is vital to consider all of the potential benefits and drawbacks before offering outdoor furniture to your tenants.

Perhaps 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 procedure is figuring out the life expectancy of any outdoor furniture you propose to buy. Unlike other elements of your investment property, there is no one number you can use.

The lifespan of your outdoor furniture usually depends 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 each kind of outdoor furniture. Other than that, in case your tenant never covers or cares for the furniture, dirt, rust, or sun, rain, or snow exposure might turn that beautiful outdoor chair or table into an eyesore.

Another essential thing to care about before obtaining outdoor furniture for your Mountain Green rental property is whether the backyard and your property’s location is suited for it. Deciding to fill a small patio or porch with large furniture is not a smart choice, 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 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 are an injury lawsuit waiting to happen. For instance, metal furniture can get very hot in the sun and cause serious burns in warmer climates, especially during the summer.

Before planning to purchase outdoor furniture, it is advisable to consider the question from your tenant’s perspective. Some tenants may already have some patio and other outdoor furniture, so they don’t need the furniture you offer. That can trigger another significant problem, like where to store the unused furniture.

On the other side, 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 home could potentially lead to a major concern. 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. When you already provide outdoor furniture in position, you effectively reduce the chances that your tenant will add unsuitable furniture of their own.

At the end of the day, buying outdoor furniture for your Mountain Green rental property is a decision only you can make. But with reliable information and some comprehensive research, you can more easily decide which route makes sense for your investment properties.

Looking for more advice, or even someone to manage your rental? Reach out to Real Property Management Northern Utah! Contact us online or call us at 801-546-1770 today.

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