If your single-family Deerfield rental home is like others out there, it will usually have a yard and some grass, trees, or other plants that need to be watered regularly. If your rental property does not have an automatic sprinkler system, you may be contemplating buying one. So should you place sprinkler systems for your rental home? There are pros and cons that you need to take into consideration before making a final decision. Depending on your rental property and circumstances, you’ll need to collect as much data as possible to help you decide if an automatic sprinkler system is ideal for your rental.
Pros: Sprinkler System Benefits
There are a couple of legitimate reasons to consider having an automatic sprinkler system installed for your rental property. Basically, the main reason to get one is to know that the lawn and other plants will be watered consistently. Everyone knows that a rental property’s value and curb appeal rely heavily on having a clean, healthy-looking yard. Resting in the knowledge that your rental’s lawn and plants are being watered accurately and consistently can help ease the burden for both you and your tenant in terms of property maintenance. Aside from the ease of automatic watering, you do not need to worry if it’s been done or not.
Some other important benefits to remember include the possibility of lower utility bills and a boost in your property’s resale value. Using an automated sprinkler system the right way can help save on the water needed to keep your yard vital and healthy. This is true especially if you have the right size and kind of sprinkler heads for the various areas of the yard that will need water. Through watering the plants as needed, you may be able to save a lot each month on your water bill.
Having a sprinkler system can be a huge draw for buyers when the time comes for you to sell your property. The reason for this is that only a few people can stomach the hassle of placing a sprinkler system. So if you have one ready, you may be able to sell your property for a higher price.
Cons: Sprinkler System Drawbacks
However, along with all the pros, you should get to know the potential downsides of getting a sprinkler system. For example, the cost is the main reason why a property owner would think twice to install a sprinkler system. Taking into account what the yard’s size is and what kind of sprinkler system it will need, the installation cost can cost you thousands of dollars.
If you are a person who can do some or all of the work by yourself, then you can save money. However, you should be sure to have the time to quickly do the job. You also need to be sure that you’ve got everything you need so that you can plan and install the entire system without disturbing your tenant if you have one. Otherwise, hire a professional to do it for you.
Along with the initial installation cost, you’ll need to allocate some money for the ongoing maintenance and repair costs that come with a sprinkler system. Just like the other parts of your property, a sprinkler system will need to be maintained to keep it in good condition year after year. If your property is in a location with freezing winter temperatures, you’ll also need to winterize your system every year or risk burst pipes and flooding.
Eventually, you get to decide whether your rental property needs a sprinkler system. But with the correct information and perhaps some expert advice, that decision can become less difficult. Consider giving Real Property Management United a call for advice about property upgrades, maintenance, and other related topics. Our Deerfield property managers will assist you and keep your rental property profitable month after month, year after year. You can reach us at 973-747-5629 or contact us online.
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