Landlord Quick Tip

Tip #197:  Damage-Proofing Your Rental

You put a lot of money into your rental investment, so it makes sense to put some time upfront into making your rental property as damage-proof as possible.

That way, you’re not spending thousands of dollars rehabbing the home after every tenant.

REI Liaison Property Management, which serves St. Louis and St. Charles Counties  in Missouri, shares some great ideas to help you maximize your return on investment:

Get rid of the carpets. Estimates show that carpets last only three years before they need costly and time-consuming steam cleaning. Tile, vinyl, or laminate flooring are easier to clean and show less damage, and theyre not much more expensive than carpet when you take the frequency of replacement and cleaning into account.

Remove luxury, non-essential items and systems. Examples include water softeners, humidity systems, reverse osmosis systems, security systems, and swing sets. These items are often costly to maintain, repair, and replace. Save yourself the hassle!

Keep the landscaping simple and maintainable. Plant native, drought-resistant plants and grasses that require little water and are slow growing.You can also install a simple irrigation system in order to keep the plants watered without having to rely on your tenants.

Paint walls with satin or semi-gloss paint and stick to one or two colors throughout the home.This type of paint is more durable and easier to clean.

Install door stops and closet door bumpers. These will go a long way to reduce dings and dents on the walls.

Create a mudroom or changing area near exits to the outside. Have a space where people can remove and store dirty or wet clothing and shoes before entering the home.

As a rental property owner, you want to maximize your income. By spending a little more upfront, such as tile or paint, you can avoid more costly repairs down the road.

See last week’s Landlord Quick Tip.

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