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

pricey rental property upgradesSome renovations generate a solid return for the money, while others don’t when it comes to improving your investment properties. One of the common mistakes that rental property owners may commit is investing a lot of money on upgrades that don’t contribute to the value of their property or just don’t improve the overall appeal of the rental home to prospective residents. 

Recognizing which upgrades to avoid can help you invest wisely in the right property improvements. Professionals in the field generally agree that three things should not be done when making renovations: installing hardwood flooring, intricate landscaping, and extensive smart technology features. 

Elaborate Landscaping 

Aesthetically pleasant, low-maintenance landscaping can greatly improve a rental home. A stunning yard that is easy to take care of is a must-have for most renters. It may appear to be a valuable addition to upgrade your rental property’s landscaping by planting several beautiful plants and trees or making lovely flower beds adjacent to a large, lush lawn. After all, curb appeal is an important feature of the perceived value of a rental home

However, going over the top and creating a high-maintenance yard wastes money because it doesn’t add much to the property value or the renter’s satisfaction. Furthermore, the attractive landscaping may at first lure your renter, but they may soon find it annoying and either neglect your property or decide to vacate. It is advisable to keep things basic when landscaping a rental property

Hardwood Flooring 

The cozy feel and natural look of wood flooring are popular among homeowners. However, it is prone to damage from water leaks or unexpected calamities, which is why it requires a lot of upkeep. Moreover, it’s imperative to assess whether renters will adequately care for a hardwood floor.

Considering all these aspects, it’s vital to understand that while wood flooring may be a good upgrade for residents, most renters are content with a low-maintenance look-alike option. Don’t forget that natural hardwood is one of the more expensive upgrades, which implies that you may not recover the installation cost, even if you opt to increase the rent.

Overdoing Smart Technology

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

On the other hand, before implementing such upgrades, property owners should assess the cost versus benefit. Even though these technologies offer convenience and efficiency, they commonly come with a significant price tag, and you might not get your money’s worth. 

For example, smart home systems require upfront fees and regular maintenance, which can reduce potential profits over time. Similarly, the implementation of innovative security features may make people feel safer, but it won’t have much influence on rental rates or tenant fulfillment.

What seems high-tech today could quickly become old-fashioned tomorrow, demanding expensive upgrades or substitutes. Furthermore, the complexity of these systems can bring about technical problems that mandate specialized expertise and funds to resolve, increasing the property’s overall operational costs. It is vital to evaluate all these factors when deciding to integrate new technology into your property.

Prioritizing both profitability and tenant satisfaction is important. Complex technology installations and extravagant enhancing modifications may seem enticing, but they may not always be the best investment. Instead, think about implementing cost-effective upgrades that generate real benefits, such as essential maintenance and developments that improve the property’s functionality and durability. You can ensure long-term success in the rental market by cautiously evaluating the cost compared to the benefit of each upgrade and giving priority to those that deliver the highest return on investment.

Aiming to enhance the return on your investment properties in Buda and the surrounding areas? Think about reaching out to Real Property Management Instant Equity! Contact us at 512-500-0422 or send us a message online at any time and we will be happy to help you accomplish your goals.

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