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Top 3 Rental Property Upgrades That May Not Be Worth the Money

pricey rental property upgradesIn connection with improving your investment properties, a few enhancements deliver a solid return for the money, while others do not. One of the common mistakes that rental property owners make is wasting a lot of money on upgrades that do not contribute much value to their property or simply fail to enhance the overall appeal of the rental home to prospective residents. 

Identifying which upgrades to avoid can help you invest wisely in the right property improvements. According to several industry specialists, it is advisable to avoid three specific upgrades: installing hardwood floors, extensive landscaping, and adding a lot of smart technology elements. 

Elaborate Landscaping 

A rental home with well-maintained, low-maintenance landscaping is more likely to be leased. A clean yard that is easy to take care of is what numerous renters prefer. Upgrading your rental property’s landscaping through the addition of several aesthetically plants and trees or making delightful flower beds beside a spacious, lush lawn area may appear to be a valuable improvement. Ultimately, curb appeal is a crucial factor in determining the perceived value of a rental home

However, unnecessarily investing and creating a high-maintenance yard wastes money as it has no benefits to the property value or the renter’s contentment. Additionally, while the aesthetically pleasing landscape may first entice your renter, they may soon deem it burdensome and neglect your property or decide to leave. With regard to landscaping a rental property, simplicity is preferable. 

Hardwood Flooring 

Wood flooring is popular among homeowners due to its natural appearance and warm texture. Yet, it requires a lot of upkeep and is likely to be damaged by water leaks or unforeseen incidents. Furthermore, it is essential to consider whether renters will adequately care for a hardwood floor.

Considering all those variables, it’s important to acknowledge that while wood flooring may be an excellent upgrade for residents, most renters are content with a low-maintenance alternative that mimics wood. It is critical to bear in mind that natural hardwood is one of the more expensive upgrades, and there is no guarantee that you will be able to recover the installation cost, even if you choose to increase the rent.

Overdoing Smart Technology

In today’s rental market, property managers and landlords may find reason to integrate advanced technology like smart thermostats, keyless entry systems, and energy-efficient appliances to attract tenants and remain competitive. 

However, property owners should assess the cost versus benefit of introducing such improvements. These technologies offer convenience and efficiency, but they typically contain a significant price tag that may not justify the return on investment. 

For instance, smart home systems require initial setup fees and regular maintenance, which can reduce potential profits as times goes on. Moreover, even though advanced security features may grant peace of mind, they may not greatly influence rental rates or tenant fulfillment.

The technology that is deemed advanced now may quickly become out-of-date tomorrow, which calls for expensive upgrades or replacements. The complex nature of these systems can also bring about technical problems that require specialized expertise and resources to address, which increases the property’s overall operational costs. When opting to integrate new technology into your property, it is vital to consider all of these factors.

Prioritizing both profitability and tenant satisfaction is crucial. While elegant decorative improvements and complex technology installations may seem appealing, they may not always be the best investment. Instead, think about making cost-effective upgrades that provide real benefits, such as essential maintenance and modifications that improve the property’s functionality and durability. By meticulously evaluating the cost against the benefits of each upgrade and selecting those that offer the biggest return on investment, you can ensure long-term success in the rental market.

Seeking to maximize the potential of your rental property in Kingsville and its neighboring area? Real Property Management Shoreline is the best option for your needs. We’re always here to help you reach your goals – give us a call at 361-885-0500 or send us a message online.

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