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Which Appliances Should You Provide to Tenants?

Plano Property Manager Doing Maintenance on AppliancesA big important issue all Plano property owners face is which appliances should be provided for tenants. This choice is difficult owing to the fact each situation is different. Despite that bestowing several appliances can indeed be a wise choice for different property owners, that is not really the case for every rental property. But actually, feedback from tenants shows that there is increasing demand for appliances in the majority of markets, and these household machines are even expected in some areas. You may need to provide appliances clearly to keep your rental competitive and justify your current (and future) rental rate. Though, when you think about it, which ones? Let’s take note of what the experts recommend.

Appliances (Not) Included?

Conceding that each rental market is different, tenants are in all probability wanting to rent a home that comes with at least a few appliances in place. Only very few tenants are happy with the expense and hassle of acquiring and then moving with large, heavy appliances. A rental home that offers them will be much more attractive. In quite a lot of rentals, but primarily in single-family rental properties, tenants have a distaste for using laundromats to do their laundry. Doing so is both expensive and time-consuming and something various tenants would pay a higher rent to stop.

Without a doubt, from a property owner’s perspective, there are downsides of the cost of the appliances and repairs and the possibilities of tenants damaging the machines through wrong use. Moreover, you would be able to keep both your costs and the chance of appliance damage to a minimum by being meticulous in which appliances you offer.

What Tenants Want

From what tenants have to say, the most expensive items they look in a rental property consist of the refrigerator, dishwasher, stove, and microwave. Plenty of single-family rental property owners prefer to provide just the last three, leaving it up to the tenant to buy their own fridge. It’s not difficult to understand why: refrigerators are one of the most expensive appliances and will necessarily be replaced far too often. Providing some but not all appliances may work in many situations, but in fact, it may turn potential applicants away from your property in other places.

The same is true with the washer and dryer. On grounds of heavy use, these two appliances generally need more maintenance and repairs than all the others combined. Exactly why experts urge doing research on your local market just prior to determining 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 their example. Then again, you may have a harder time renting your property and may even need to reduce your rental rate.

You may want to take into consideration where to store appliances that renters do not choose to use during their tenancy. Several may have their own appliances; in these conditions having a backup location to store appliances for the next renter may be suitable.

Legal Obligations

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

So the question isn’t a legal one but it’s a matter of which choice will help you maximize your monthly cash flows. Furthermore, being aware of your local market and what the other landlords furnish in your area is important. On the other hand, it’s appropriate to work within the constraints of your current budget. If having appliances for your rental property would lead to undue hardship, it may be good to wait until you are in an optimum condition to achieve this objective. For the reasons given, determining which appliances to include in your rental is a decision that only you can determine.


Would you like to ascertain more as to how to accurately assess your local rental market to set rental rates and make key decisions about your property? Real Property Management Focus can surely help! Contact us online or call our office to speak with a Plano property manager today.

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