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Part 2: Are Conroe Residents Making Unauthorized Changes to the Exterior of Your Rental Property?

Young Conroe Resident Measuring the Trellis on an Outdoor PatioWhen residents move into a new rental home, one of the first things they usually do is put in decorative elements. This urge to personalize their rental home sometimes involves the home’s exterior as well. A lot of Conroe property owners have a level of expectation for their residents to take care of the landscaping— and good residents are willing to do so. They want to take pride in their home too, even if they don’t truly own the place.

However, things can go wrong when your residents want to make changes to the home’s exterior. As the owner, you could get requests from residents who want to implement changes like creating new flower beds, planting new trees or plants in the yard, or turning a portion of the yard into a vegetable garden. Other exterior changes that residents may ask for include new light fixtures, exterior doors, or even replacing the color of the house itself.

You might be considering just letting them make certain changes, especially if they are willing to pay for it themselves. Nevertheless, it is important to consider that not all modifications are for the better. If the resident’s work is of low quality, it can significantly impact your property values and your ability to find people to rent the home down the road.

You can always ask them to return the property to the way it was when they initially arrived. However, if sod has been disturbed or plantings were changed or even moved, this may not be doable. Future residents, unlike your current ones, might not want to deal with the upkeep that a vegetable garden entails; and it is things like these that make would-be renters choose another property with less upkeep.

If your rental home is situated within a homeowners’ association, there could be restrictions and further permissions that you have to follow before changes are permitted. If residents go ahead and make alterations to the exterior of your Conroe rental property without your approval, you will have to take the right next steps. But, what must you do? You can charge them for any repairs required and then hire someone to fix it or you could try to make them fix it themselves. Nonetheless, the best choice for you is to employ a property management company that can consistently supervise your properties and handle unauthorized changes as they happen.

At Real Property Management Republic, we understand the stress that comes from unauthorized changes to your property. We are dedicated to taking care of your investment, and that means ensuring that your residents understand what unauthorized changes are and the consequences for making them. Our property maintenance programs are devised to maximize the potential of your investment while minimizing costs. For more information about our property management services, please contact us online or give us a call at 281-362-5001 today!

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