When residents move into a new rental home, what they often do first is add decorative components. Sometimes, the impulse to customize their rental property reaches the exterior of the house as well. Many Indian Harbour Beach property owners expect their residents to preserve the landscaping to some extent, in which quality residents are happy to do so. They want to feel proud of their home too, even if they don’t actually own it.
Nonetheless, once your residents want to make changes to the exterior of the home, things can go downhill fast. As the owner, your residents might ask permission to make changes like planting new plants or trees in the yard, creating new flower beds, or turning a part of the yard into a vegetable garden. Other exterior changes that residents may ask for include new light fixtures, exterior doors, or even replacing the color of the house itself.
You might be considering just letting them make certain changes, especially if they are willing to pay for it themselves. However, you have to remember that not all changes are good. If the resident’s work is of low quality, it can significantly impact your property values and your ability to find people to rent the home down the road.
You could always ask them to put the property back the way it was when they initially arrived, but if sod has been disturbed or plantings moved or changed, that may not be a possibility. Future residents may not enjoy the maintenance required by a vegetable garden as much as your current residents do, which can make potential renters pass your property over for one with less upkeep.
If your rental home is in an area where there is a homeowners’ association, there may be restrictions and added permissions that you need to follow before changes are permitted. If residents go ahead and make alterations to the exterior of your Indian Harbour Beach rental property without your approval, you will have to take the right next steps. But what are these next steps? You can charge them for any repairs required and then hire someone to fix it or you could attempt to make them do it themselves. Nonetheless, your best choice is to get a property management company that can not only consistently supervise your properties for you but also handle unauthorized changes as they occur.
At Real Property Management Brevard, we recognize the troubles that arise from unauthorized property changes. We are committed to protecting your investment, and that entails making sure your residents realize what unauthorized changes are and the consequences for making them. Our property maintenance programs are designed to boost the potential of your investment while keeping costs low. For more information about our property management services, please contact us online or give us a call at 321-610-8022 today!