Personalizing a living space is part of delighting in a home, and renters are no different. When they rent a home, they want to be able to set up an aesthetic space wherein they can be comfortable. Nonetheless, a rental property is unlike an owner-occupied home – as renters and owners of single-family rental properties in Marietta both know, any modifications performed to the interior of the home needs landlord consent. When residents of your rental homes go beyond furniture and décor and choose to make unauthorized changes, this can place you, the owner, in a difficult situation.
The greatest residents are those who ask before doing interior changes to your rental property. Sometimes, after a resident has signed the lease, they might decide they would like to modify certain aspects of the home. Perhaps they want to paint some or all of the walls a different color, set up new bathroom fixtures, replace the blinds or other window coverings, install a new light fixture or ceiling fan, or maybe even paint the kitchen cabinets.
Part of you might be contemplating whether it’s better to just let them have their way if they want to remodel your home for you at their own expense. But there are a number of things to consider before saying yes. The most vital of these is probably quality. If your resident is doing the modifications themselves, there is no assurance that the work’s quality is going to meet any professional standard. Moreover, if they do a really poor job of it, it can have a negative effect on the value of your property and subsequently cost you even more money to fix it.
Another important matter to keep in mind is that interior design trends come and go quickly. Painted cabinets might be in right now, but in a year or two, residents might opt for more natural wood tones. Though it is wholly within your rights to charge a departing resident for any necessary repairs, keeping a neutral rental home is still the most cost-effective route.
As a rule, residents who go against lease terms and make unauthorized alterations anyway are responsible for reverting the home back when they move out. Of course, some residents are going to try everything to evade the expense involved in putting the home back the way it was when they first arrived, possibly resulting in expensive collections or even legal action.
When residents start performing unauthorized changes to your Marietta property, knowing what to do next can be hard. That is why you should have the right property management company to keep an eye on things, pick quality residents who will take care of your property for you, and take action to safeguard your real estate investment if and when it is needed.
At Real Property Management East Cobb, we provide all of these services (and more) to single-family rental homeowners. Our skilled property managers can customize a maintenance program just for you while also taking care of the stresses and headaches of dealing with lease violations. For further information, would you like to know more? Please contact us online or call us at 770-622-5657 for further information.