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Should You Provide Outdoor Furniture to Your Tenants?

A Cozy Patio Filled with Beautiful Outdoor FurnitureIf your St Clair Shores rental property has a porch or patio, you may be thinking about buying furniture for it. All things considered, an excellent outdoor space can add a lot to a rental home’s curb appeal. Yet, before you start purchasing materials, there are a couple of 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. Therefore, it’s critical to consider all of the potential benefits and drawbacks before giving outdoor furniture to your tenants.

Probably the first thing to consider is how long patio furniture might last. Before spending money on anything for your rental home, it is necessary to determine whether that investment will pay for itself. Some portion of this measurement is figuring out the life expectancy of any outdoor decor you intend to purchase. Unlike other elements of your investment property, there is no one number you can use.

The lifespan of your outdoor furniture differs greatly 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 any sort of outdoor furniture. Furthermore, if your tenant never covers or cares for the furniture, dirt, rust, or sun, rain, or snow exposure could easily transform that beautiful outdoor chair or table into an eyesore.

Another interesting factor to consider before getting outdoor furniture for your St Clair Shores rental property is whether the backyard and your property’s location is suited for it. Attempting to put a small patio or porch with large furniture is not a decent look, and also adding very small pieces to a large space. Either one might make your property’s outdoor spaces look uncomfortable, rather than inviting.

It’s also critical 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 deciding to purchase outdoor furniture, it’s important to consider the question from your tenant’s perspective. Some tenants may already have some balcony and other furnishings, and may not need the furniture you offer. These can generate a whole new set of problems, like where to store the unused furniture.

Then again, 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. Putting a sofa or other unsuitable furniture outside of your rental home could easily turn into a major issue. 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 furniture pieces in place, you greatly reduce the chances that your tenant will add unsuitable furniture by themselves.

At long last, buying outdoor furniture for your St Clair Shores rental property is a choice no one but you can decide. But with the right knowledge and some thorough analysis, you can easily determine which direction performs best for your investment properties.

Looking for more advice, or even someone to manage your rental? Reach out to Real Property Management Silverstone! Contact us online or call us at 586-992-6419 today.

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