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Preventing Do-It-Yourself “Improvements” Gone Wrong at Your Universal City Rental Property

Universal City Tenants Making Messes While Renovating Your Rental PropertyThe popular craze that is do-it-yourself home improvements is what is in right now. Reality shows and social media have added to the hype of portraying do-it-yourself improvements as easy. By letting people know that they can do it themselves, this has resulted in more and more individuals attempting to remodel or repair the interior of their homes. Unfortunately, this craze is not only popular with homeowners, but among renters as well. Landlords usually prefer a tenant who will take the time to genuinely care for the rental home as if it were their own, but some renters take it to the extreme. With simple, practical approaches, Universal City property owners can prevent unwanted tenant “improvements” and keep their rental homes the way they want it to be.

The typical targets for these home improvements are the kitchen and bathroom. A lot of these favorite videos teach eager do-it-yourselfers how to paint cabinets, change faucets and hardware, and substitute light fixtures. Fashionable enhancements in these rooms also consist of tile backsplashes and brightly painted walls. When executed rightly, these kinds of minor remodels can bring about unique interior spaces.

The reality is that these custom interiors don’t contribute to your property’s value. In fact, if your tenant does a mediocre work of their improvements, your property value could go lower. For instance, if your tenant decides to hang wallpaper in the living room, they could not only damage the painted surface underneath but also create an ugly eyesore that will be pricey to repair.

For the reason that personal preferences greatly differ between people, custom interiors can also severely limit your capability to rent the home to a new tenant. An accent wall in fuchsia may appeal to your current renter, but the next one may not find it pleasing. Then again, if your tenant hurts themselves or damages the home’s plumbing or electrical systems during the procedure, that generates an entirely new set of problems. If they manage to crack a pipe or incorrectly connect the fitting while changing a bathroom faucet, you may be cleaning up leaks and water damage that otherwise would not have occurred.

While minor maintenance tasks can and should be expected of a renter, repairs or the remodeling of any of the home’s permanent elements should be discouraged in the lease. Another proactive strategy is to perform regular property evaluations, something that Real Property Management Vision offers all of our property owners in Universal City and the surrounding areas. We will keep an eye on your rental home, making sure the tenant is keeping the property in prime form and promptly handling any tenant requests for improvements or repairs. Contact us online or call us at 818-233-8789 to see what we can do for you.