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Should You Include Appliances in Your Alameda Rental Home?

Alameda Couple Doing LaundryIf you’re making an Alameda rental home ready for your first tenants, or even if you’ve been renting for a while, you might be guessing if you need to include appliances in your rental property. It’s a tough question since there is no clear yes or no answer to it. Rather, deciding to include appliances in your rental home must be based on your location, your target renter, and the feasibility of doing so. By studying these factors and considering the benefits and drawbacks of putting appliances in your rental, you can more quickly decide if this is suitable for you.

Consider the Competition

When choosing whether or not to include appliances in your rental home, it’s vital to recognize how your rental property compares to others in your place. If comparable rental properties near yours all include appliances and yours doesn’t, this would put you at a distinct disadvantage. This is especially true if those properties are renting at your desired rate. Nonetheless, if some rentals in your neighborhood do not incorporate appliances, there is much less reason to do so. By analyzing your local rental market, you can more easily decide on whether appliances make sense for your rental home.

Consider Tenant Appeal

Even though rental property owners are not demanded by law to include appliances in their rental homes, there are multiple great reasons to do so anyway. Maybe the most significant reason to put appliances in your rental is to create stronger attractiveness for your target renters. Let’s say your rental is located in a college town, adjacent to an urban center, or a popular retirement spot. In this case, the amounts of young adults or retirees looking to rent in your area would certainly be high.

For college students, young professionals, and often retired adults, adding appliances in a rental may not be only desirable but necessary. Young adult renters are far less likely to own or to be able to own appliances and so often want a rental home that includes them. Older adults may be trying to downsize after retirement and don’t want the difficulty of appliance ownership and maintenance. In any case, by including appliances in your rental homes, you can better appeal to these renter demographics.

Consider the Benefits

Other than tenant appeal, there are several reasons why including appliances in your rental property might make sense for you. For example, rental property owners who offer appliances can often demand a higher rent compared to those who don’t. Not only can you recoup the cost of the appliances over the long term, but after the payment of these appliances is finished, that extra rent will continue to give your cash flows a nice boost.

An additional benefit of including appliances in your rental home is that it significantly reduces the chance of wall and floor damage during move-in and move-out. Carrying large appliances in and out of a rental home is complicated, except if conducted by experienced professionals, and there’s a risk of causing damage to floors, walls, and even doors and trim. Keeping the appliances in place prevents potential damage and makes the move-in and move-out process even simpler for both you and your tenant.

Potential Drawbacks

Of course, including appliances isn’t right for everybody. Some landlords don’t want the responsibility of maintenance and repair for appliances, which can seem right in some situations. For a few, the cost of buying appliances may be excessively costly. This is especially true if you are having cash flow issues or your budget is tight. In such circumstances, it may simply not be feasible to include top-quality appliances for tenants, and so the better option is to let your tenants get their own.

While it’s clear that the decision to provide appliances in your rental home or not depends on many things, it is ultimately up to you to make the choice that works best for your properties. In certain circumstances, it can be helpful to have an expert Alameda property manager on your side to help you make decisions like these. If you’d like more advice and guidance on how to make your rental property as profitable as it can be, give Real Property Management Pacific a call! Our team can help you set up a rental house that tenants will love while working to keep your monthly expenses as low as possible.

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