Do-it-yourself home improvements are on the rise today because more and more people are being encouraged by reality shows and social media. These viral videos have given the impression that to remodel or repair the interior of their homes on their own is very doable. Unfortunately, this trend is not only popular with homeowners, but among renters as well. Ideally, a tenant who takes care of the rental home as if it were their own is good, but some renters tend to take it a notch higher. With a few proactive strategies, Plantation property owners can prevent unwanted tenant “improvements” and help make sure their rental homes are kept in good condition.
When home improvements are being planned, the kitchen and bathroom are the common targets. Thousands of popular videos show enthusiastic do-it-yourselfers on how to paint cabinets, change faucets and hardware, and replace light fixtures. Trendy improvements in these rooms also include tile backsplashes and brightly painted walls. If home improvement is made correctly, these kinds of minor remodels can end up in unique interior spaces.
The problem lies with the fact that these custom interiors do nothing to add to your property’s value. In reality, if your tenant does a poor job of their improvements, your property value could even go down. For example, if your tenant chooses to hang wallpaper in the living room, they could not only destroy the painted surface underneath but also create a wall-to-wall eyesore that will be too costly for you to restore.
Due to the fact that not everybody shares the same taste, custom interiors can also directly affect your ability to rent the home to a new tenant in a negative way. An accent wall in fuchsia may appease your current renter, but your next renter may not share the same view. On the other hand, if your tenant injures themselves or damages the home’s plumbing or electrical systems in the process, that creates an entirely new set of problems. If they manage to crack a pipe or incorrectly connect the fitting while changing a bathroom faucet, you may be cleaning up leaks and water damage that otherwise would not have occurred.
While minor maintenance tasks can and should be expected of a renter, repairs or the remodeling of any of the home’s permanent elements should be discouraged in the lease. Another proactive strategy is to perform regular property evaluations, something that Real Property Management Premier offers all of our property owners in Plantation and the surrounding areas. We will keep an eye on your rental home, making sure the tenant is keeping the property in the desired condition and promptly handling any tenant requests for improvements or repairs. Contact us online or call us at 954-362-5235 to see what we can do for you.
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