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Which Appliances Should You Provide to Tenants?

Fruita Property Manager Doing Maintenance on AppliancesA big problem all Fruita property owners face is which appliances should be provided for tenants. This decision is really a hard choice by reason that each situation is different. Though equipping the right appliances would be the correct decision for property owners, that is not always the case for every rental property. Additionally, feedback from tenants presents that there is heavy demand for appliances in some markets, and these household machines are even expected in some areas. You may need to provide appliances precisely to keep your rental competitive and justify your current (and future) rental rate. But to be sure, which ones? Let’s check out what the experts recommend.

Appliances (Not) Included?

Although each rental market is different, tenants are more likely to rent a home that comes with at least a few appliances in place. Only very few tenants enjoy the expense and hassle of investing and then moving with large, heavy appliances. A rental home that offers them will be much more attractive. In various rentals, but specifically in single-family rental properties, tenants disapprove of having to go to laundromats to do their laundry. Doing so is both expensive and time-consuming and something quite a lot of tenants would pay a higher rent to prevent from happening.

Certainly, from a property owner’s perspective, there are the downsides of the cost of the appliances and repairs and the chances of tenants damaging the machines through misuse. But certainly, you would be able to preserve both your costs and the chance of appliance damage to a minimum by being picky and selective in which appliances you choose to offer.

What Tenants Want

In reference to what tenants have to say, the costly items they look for in a rental property involve the refrigerator, dishwasher, stove, and microwave. The majority of single-family rental property owners choose to provide just the last three, leaving it up to the tenant to obtain their own fridge. It’s not difficult to imagine why: refrigerators are one of the most expensive appliances and will require to be replaced more often. Providing some but not all appliances may work in the majority of cases, but on the other hand, it may turn potential applicants away from your property in other areas.

The same holds true of the washer and dryer. Owing to the heavy use, these two appliances commonly need more maintenance and repairs than all the others combined. Thus, experts indicate doing particular research on your local market just before ascertaining 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 emulate them. Otherwise, you may have a harder time renting your property and may even be right to reduce your rental rate.

You may want to look into where to store appliances that renters do not like to use during their tenancy. Many may have their own appliances; in these situations, having a backup location to store appliances for the next renter may be needed.

Legal Obligations

A final question that both property owners and tenants commonly inquire 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. Only a small number of, if any, local municipalities require landlords to provide appliances.

So the question isn’t a legal one but instead, it’s a matter of which course of action will help you maximize your monthly cash flows. Moreover, grasping your local market and what the other landlords present in your area is significant. However, it’s better to work within the constraints of your current budget. If acquiring appliances for your rental property would bring about undue hardship, it may be appropriate to wait until you are in the best condition to achieve this. As a result, ascertaining which appliances to include in your rental is a decision that really only you can make.


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

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