Do-it-yourself home improvements are currently the latest buzz. Reality shows and social media have encouraged people from all walks of life to remodel or repair the interior of their households without the help from anyone. Sadly, this rage isn’t just in vogue with homeowners, but among renters as well. Even though landlords would favor a tenant who will take care of their rental home as if it were their own, certain renters have gone overboard. With some proactive methodologies, Los Lunas property owners can prevent unwanted tenant “improvements” and manage to keep their rental homes in exceptional form.
As far as home improvements are concerned, the kitchen and bathroom are the usual goals. There are countless of popular videos that show passionate do-it-yourselfers how to paint cabinets, replace faucets and hardware, and change light fixtures. Some special modifications in these rooms can involve tile backsplashes and brightly painted walls. When executed perfectly, these minor remodels can contribute to unique interior spaces.
The predicament is that traditional designs do nothing to enhance your property’s value. Indeed, if your tenant does a faulty job of their improvements, your property value could worsen. For example, if your tenant figures to affix wallpaper in the family room, they could not only destroy the painted surface below but also create a wall-to-wall mess that will be pricey to repair.
As individual desires differ from person to person, certain interiors can also limit your ability to rent the home to a new tenant. An accent wall in fuchsia may entice your current renter, but the next one may find it headache inducing. By contrast, if your tenant injures themselves or ruins the home’s plumbing or electrical systems while carrying out these DIY tasks, that will present a new set of difficulties. If they ever accidentally cracked a pipe or incorrectly connected the fitting while changing a bathroom faucet, you may find yourself mopping up leaks and water damage that could’ve been prevented from happening.
Though small maintenance tasks can and should be complied with by a renter, repairs or the remodeling of any of the home’s permanenet features should be discouraged in the lease. Another good idea is to do regular property evaluations, something that Real Property Management Albuquerque suggests to all of our property owners in Los Lunas and the surrounding areas. We will watch over your rental home, making sure the tenant is keeping the property in preferred condition and promptly handling any tenant requests for improvements or repairs. Contact us online or call us at 505-831-8700 to see what we can do for you.
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