If your Chesterfield County rental property has a porch or patio, you may be thinking about buying furniture for it. After all, a great outdoor space can add a lot to a rental home’s curb appeal. But before you start shopping, there are a few 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. For this purpose, it’s necessary to consider all of the potential benefits and drawbacks before providing 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 need to determine whether that investment will pay for itself. Part of that calculating is figuring out the life expectancy for any outdoor furniture you intend to buy. Unlike other elements of your investment property, there is no one number you can use.
The lifespan of your outdoor furniture ranges extensively 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 piece of outdoor furniture. Furthermore, if your tenant never covers or cares for the furniture, dirt, rust, or sun, rain, or snow exposure could quickly turn that beautiful outdoor chair or table into an eyesore.
Another essential thing to consider before purchasing outdoor furniture for your Chesterfield County rental property is whether the backyard and your property’s location is suited for it. Trying to fill a small patio or porch with large furniture isn’t a good look, and neither is 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 necessary 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 example, metal furniture can get very hot in the sun and cause serious burns in warmer climates, especially during the summer.
Before deciding to get outdoor furniture, it’s also a good idea to consider the question from your tenant’s perspective. Some tenants may already have some patio and other furniture, and may not want the furniture you provide. This may create a whole new list of issues, including where to store the unused furniture.
On the other hand, 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. Placing a sofa or other unsuitable furniture outside of your rental home could quickly 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. If you already have outdoor furniture in place, you significantly reduce the chances that your tenant will add unsuitable furniture of their own.
In the end, buying outdoor furniture for your Chesterfield County rental property is a choice only you can make. But with the correct information and some thorough research, you can more easily decide which route makes sense for your investment properties.
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