Customizing a living area is part of enjoying a home, and renters are no different. They want to be able to have a comfortable aesthetic space when they rent a home, but a rental property is not like an owner-occupied one. As renters and owners of single-family rental homes in Waukesha both understand, all changes done to the interior of the home need landlord permission. When your rental residents go beyond furniture and décor and opt to make unauthorized changes, this can put you as the owner in a hard situation.
The best residents are those who inquire before performing interior modifications to your rental property. Sometimes, after a resident has signed the lease, they may decide they would like to modify certain aspects of the home. Perhaps they want to put in new bathroom fixtures, replace the blinds or other window coverings, put in a new light fixture or ceiling fan, replace the paint color of some or all of the walls, or possibly even paint the kitchen cabinets.
Part of you might be considering just letting them do it if they want to remodel your home for you at their own expense. However, you should keep in mind a few things before agreeing. Probably the most crucial of these is quality. If your resident is making the modifications themselves, there is no guarantee that its quality is going to meet any professional standard. Additionally, if they do a really poor job of it, it can have a bad effect on the value of your property and subsequently cost you even more money to fix it.
Another significant point to remember is that interior design trends rapidly come and go. Although painted cabinets are popular now, in a year or two, you might find that residents desire more natural wood tones. While it is entirely within your rights to charge a departing resident for any essential repairs, keeping a rental property neutral is still the most cost-effective option.
As a rule, residents who snub the conditions of their lease and go on making unauthorized changes are responsible for returning the home to its original condition once they move out. Some will definitely try everything to avoid the expense involved in restoring the home to the way it was when they initially arrived, potentially leading to pricey collections or even legal action.
Know what steps to take next when residents start making unauthorized changes to your Waukesha property can be hard. That is why you should have the right property management company to manage things, choose quality residents who are going to take care of your property for you, and do what they can to protect your real estate investment if and when it is needed.
At Real Property Management Greater Milwaukee, we provide all of these services and more to owners of single-family rental homes. Our professional property managers can make a maintenance program just for you while handling the problems and hassles of working on lease violations. Do you want to know more? Please contact us online or call us at 262-309-6961 for further information.
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