Skip to Content

Should You Provide Outdoor Furniture to Your Tenants?

A Cozy Patio Filled with Beautiful Outdoor FurnitureIf your St. George rental property has a porch or patio, you may be thinking about buying furniture for it. An excellent outdoor space can add a lot to a rental home’s curb appeal. But before you decide to buy furniture, there are a lot of issues you need to consider carefully. Every rental property is different, and so there is no one-size-fits-all answer to whether outdoor furniture is the right choice for you and your tenants. Therefore, it is best to consider all of the potential benefits and drawbacks before getting outdoor furniture to your tenants.

Maybe the first thing to consider is how long patio furniture might last. Before spending money on anything for your rental home, it is necessary to determine whether that investment will pay for itself. Part of this analysis is figuring out the life expectancy of any outdoor decor you wanted to acquire. Unlike other elements of your investment property, there is no one number you can use.

The lifespan of your outdoor furniture differs significantly based on materials, construction, daily wear, and maintenance. Higher-quality furniture will probably last longer than cheaper items, but heavy use could shorten the life of any outdoor furniture. Besides, if your tenant never covers or cares for the furniture, dirt, rust, or sun, rain, or snow exposure could instantly transform that beautiful outdoor chair or table into an eyesore.

Another important thing to consider before getting outdoor furniture for your St. George rental property is whether the backyard and your property’s location is suited for it. Attempting to place a small patio or porch with large furniture is not good-looking, and neither is adding very small pieces to a large space. Either one might make your property’s outdoor spaces look uncomfortable, rather than inviting.

It’s also critical to consider how your tenants use the space, your landscape design, and what types of outdoor furniture would best compliment the house. Certain materials may not last long in some climates, while others are an injury lawsuit waiting to arise. For instance, metal furniture can get very hot in the sun and cause serious burns in warmer climates, especially during the summer.

Before deciding to acquire outdoor furniture, it is best to consider the question from your tenant’s perspective. Some tenants may already have some porch and other furnishings, and may not prefer the furniture you provide. This may cause new issues, such as where to store the unused furniture.

Otherwise, if you don’t provide outdoor furniture, your tenants might decide to “decorate” the porch or patio with furniture that is not designed for outdoor use. Putting a sofa or other unsuitable furniture outside of your rental house may easily be a significant problem. Not only does the fabric invite bugs, rodents, and mold, it will also start to look and smell terrible in a short amount of time. If you have already mounted your outdoor furniture in place, you will reduce the chances that your tenant will add unsuitable furniture of their own.

Yet, buying outdoor furniture for your St. George rental property is a decision no one but you can decide. But if you take a few guidelines and consider what to do, you can more easily decide which way makes sense for your investment properties.

Looking for more advice, or even someone to manage your rental? Reach out to Real Property Management Southern Utah! Contact us online or call us at 435-673-4242 today.

We are pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the Nation. See Equal Housing Opportunity Statement for more information.

The Neighborly Done Right Promise

The Neighborly Done Right Promise ® delivered by Real Property Management, a proud Neighborly company

When it comes to finding the right property manager for your investment property, you want to know that they stand behind their work and get the job done right – the first time. At Real Property Management we have the expertise, technology, and systems to manage your property the right way. We work hard to optimize your return on investment while preserving your asset and giving you peace of mind. Our highly trained and skilled team works hard so you can be sure your property's management will be Done Right.

Canada excluded. Services performed by independently owned and operated franchises.

See Full Details