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Preventing Do-It-Yourself “Improvements” Gone Wrong at Your East Providence Rental Property

East Providence Tenants Making Messes While Renovating Your Rental PropertyDo-it-yourself home improvements are all the fad right now. Reality shows and social media have invigorated all kinds of individuals to aim to remodel or repair the interior of their homes independently. Woefully, this fad isn’t just liked by homeowners, but among renters also. Although landlords will happily choose a tenant who will love their rental home as if it were their own, some renters take it a bit too far. With a few anticipatory plans, East Providence property owners can prevent unwanted tenant “improvements” and retain their rental homes in a perfect state.

When it comes to doing home improvements, the kitchen and bathroom are the usual standard targets. Countless notable videos show devoted do-it-yourselfers how to paint cabinets, repair faucets and hardware, and change light fixtures. Chic upgrades in these rooms can also contain tile backsplashes and brightly painted walls. When fulfilled decorously, these kinds of minor remodels can present very unique interior spaces.

The difficulty is that extravagant interiors do nothing to raise your property’s value. In fact, if your tenant implements an atrocious job of their improvements, your property value could even get worse. For instance, if your tenant tries to hang wallpaper in the living room, they could not only destroy the painted exterior underneath but also build a wall-to-wall atrocity that will be difficult to mend.

Because people’s inclinations vary extensively, peculiar interiors can also restrict your capability to rent the home to a different tenant. A wall painted in bright fuchsia may look attractive to your new renter, but the subsequent one may not find it interesting. Then again, if your tenant hurts themselves or ruins the home’s plumbing or electrical systems while carrying out the tasks, that generates a new set of problems. If ever they accidentally crack a pipe or incorrectly connect the fitting while changing a bathroom faucet, you may be cleaning up leaks and water damage that could’ve been prevented from the outset.

Although unimportant upkeep duties can and should be required of a renter, repairing or the remodeling of any of the home’s permanent fixtures should be discouraged in the lease. Another proactive plan is to execute regular property evaluations, something that Real Property Management Providence delivers to all of our property proprietors in East Providence and the surrounding areas. We will keep an eye on your rental home, assuring the tenant is keeping the property in the best condition and directly managing any tenant requests for advancements or fixes. Contact us online or call us at 401-272-3300 to see what we can do for you.