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Why Does the Age of Your Harlan Ranch Rental’s Exterior Matter?

Exterior View of a Beautiful Rental Home in Harlan RanchOn the subject of rental home ownership in Harlan Ranch, you need to know what the condition of the home’s exterior elements are and how to keep track of it. This knowledge is just as important as knowing the best time to replace the carpet or repaint the walls. It’s the same thing for both newly constructed homes and older properties; knowing the age of each item and how long it can be reasonably expected to last is an important part of successful rental property management.

A good landlord or property manager understands the healthy lifespan of common exterior elements of your rental property in Harlan Ranch. A product’s lifespan is the amount of time a product lasts when used under standard conditions. As an illustration, think of patios.  A quality cement patio lasts upwards of 50 years thanks to the durable nature of cement. However, wooden decks only last for about ten years due to how quickly it reacts to natural elements.

For reference, we’ve listed a few common exterior items and their average lifespan:

  • Garage Door: 15 years
  • Automatic Garage Door Opener: 5-10 years
  • Wood Fence: 10 years
  • Stucco Exterior: 20-50+ years
  • Vinyl Siding: 25 years

The concept of a lifespan is extremely relevant when dealing with tenants that have caused property damage; especially when the extent of the damage went well beyond normal wear and tear. To illustrate, if your vinyl siding gets damaged, but it is more than 25 years old, the tenant shouldn’t be held responsible for the cost of repairs. If the vinyl siding is fewer than 25 years old, the tenant would likely be responsible to pay some or all of the cost of repairs.

The wiser thing to do, instead of throwing your time and money into a futile lawsuit, is to stay ahead of property damage. With proper knowledge and a proactive approach to property management, you can keep all elements of a rental home– both inside and out– in great condition. Regular replacement of items beyond their useful lives is one way to avoid bearing the full cost of repairs caused by tenant negligence. Another way is to have regular property evaluations to monitor all the parts of the rental home.

Real Property Management Platinum can help you get ready for the future with maintenance plans, property evaluations, and much more. All of this is part of their complete and thorough property management program. We have the knowledge and the tools to keep your Harlan Ranch real estate investments profitable for a long time to come. Would you want to know more about how we can serve you? Go ahead and contact us online or call us at 559-324-9400.

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