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Which Appliances Should You Provide to Tenants?

Batesville Property Manager Doing Maintenance on AppliancesA big challenge all Batesville property owners face is which appliances should be provided for tenants. This choice is quite complicated due to the fact that each situation is different. Conceding that providing particular appliances will be a good call for quite a few property owners, that is not essentially the case for every rental property. Likewise, feedback from tenants reveals that there is a huge demand for appliances in quite a lot of markets, and these household machines are even expected in some areas. You may need to provide appliances just to keep your rental competitive and justify your current (and future) rental rate. But to be certain, which ones? Let’s consider what the experts recommend.

Appliances (Not) Included?

Even though each rental market is different, tenants are likely to rent a home that comes with at least a few appliances in various places. Very few tenants really are crazy about the expense and hassle of purchasing and then moving with large, heavy appliances. A rental home that offers them will be much more attractive. In several rentals, though most importantly in single-family rental properties, tenants object to using laundromats to do their laundry. Doing so is both expensive and time-consuming and something the majority of tenants would pay a higher rent to stay away from.

Needless to say, from a property owner’s perspective, there are the downsides of the cost of the appliances and repairs and the eventuality of tenants damaging the machines through improper use. But certainly, you could be able to keep both your costs and the chance of appliance damage to a minimum by being careful which appliances you provide.

What Tenants Want

Actually, based on what tenants have to say, the valuable items they expect in a rental property include the refrigerator, dishwasher, stove, and microwave. Various single-family rental property owners only choose to provide just the last three, leaving it up to the tenant to acquire their own fridge. It’s not hard to figure out why: refrigerators are one of the most expensive appliances and will necessitate being replaced all too frequently. Providing some but not all appliances may work in most situations, but certainly, it may turn potential applicants away from your property in other places.

The same also applies to the washer and dryer. Considering the heavy use, these two appliances oftentimes need more maintenance and repairs than all the others combined. Consequently, experts mention doing quite a little research on your local market previous to settling on whether to include a washer and dryer in your rental home or not. If all of the rentals in your area have them, you may need to follow them. Elsewise, you may have a harder time renting your property and may even have to reduce your rental rate.

You may want to also think about where to store appliances that renters do not need to use during their tenancy. Many may have their own appliances; in these particular circumstances, having a backup location to store appliances for the next renter may be exactly the right thing to do.

Legal Obligations

A final question that both property owners and tenants oftentimes ask about is whether the law requires landlords to provide appliances. If you advertise your rental as “unfurnished,” for the most part, the answer is no. Very few, if any, local municipalities require landlords to provide appliances.

So the question isn’t a legal one, but rather, it’s a matter of which preference will help you maximize your monthly cash flows. Once again, realizing your local market and what the other landlords provide in your area is relevant. But take note, it’s ideal to work within the constraints of your current budget. If getting appliances for your rental property would produce undue hardship, it may be right to wait until you are in an improved condition to acquire this. Therefore, settling on which appliances to include in your rental is a choice that only you can decide on.


Would you like to find out more concerning how to accurately assess your local rental market to set rental rates and make key decisions about your property? Real Property Management Delta can really help! Contact us online or call our office to speak with a Batesville property manager today.

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