When supervising a Chandler rental property, it’s vital not to ignore its exterior appearance. How a rental home appears on the outside may shape its property values, not to account the home’s curb appeal. It’s right to want to control the exterior elements of your rental home and to anticipate that your tenants will help make it pleasant as well.
When your belief of a “nice” exterior is not the same as what your tenant desires, obstacles can arise. There will be renters who won’t be satisfied with something as simple as making their yard pleasing to the eye – they’d rather rework or add to the rental home’s exterior features too. With do-it-yourself home improvements a popular activity at the moment, there’s a chance that there will be an increase of tenants that will try to build “improvements” with or without your go-ahead.
There are instances that a tenant may decide that a patio umbrella is not acceptable – they want a pergola instead. While it may seem innocuous enough to let them build one in the yard, this is a hotbed for permit violations, damage to the property, and even personal injuries. (If someone was harmed you may have a serious legal problem on your hands aside from other important matters.) Broken sprinkler or gas lines, damaged siding, and poor workmanship can all result in extravagant repairs and precarious circumstances in the backyard.
The same goes for the other usual home improvements, such as painting, replacing the garage door or adding a deck or porch. Unique personal preferences and/or low-quality remodeling lower property values, make it harder to rent it out. In a nutshell, it’s simply not an ideal plan to have tenants doing the improvements all by themselves.
The best strategy is to stop home “improvement” projects before they start. Use clear language within the lease to state the fact that tenants are not permitted to make permanent changes to your Chandler rental property. It is also fundamental to visit on your property repeatedly, ensuring that a sneaky tenant hasn’t taken matter into their own hands. Obviously, this steals time away from doing more meaningful things.
That’s the moment when you grab the phone and give Real Property Management East Valley a call. We deliver regular property evaluations laid out to discontinue unauthorized tenant improvements in their tracks. If you are interested in knowing more, please contact us online or by phone at 480-981-7000.
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