Tip of the Month - March 2009
Source: Profitably Managing your Rental Properties
R. Dodge Woodson
Window treatments might not
seem like a capitol improvement. Window treatments allow you to
control the appearance of your rental units from the outside.
When units are vacant, window treatments can reduce breakins and
vandalism. From the street, your apartments will appear occupied,
even if they are not. If you don’t provide window
treatments, your Tenants may elect to hang bed sheets on the windows,
which degrades your property and hurts the first impressions of
The value of window treatments is difficult to
assess. It may allow you to achieve a slightly higher rent, but
the extra income will be minimal. If you decide to
invest in window treatments, accept the fact that you will not be able
to track your rate of return.
Tip from Crossett Real Estate Services:
We install mini-blinds on ALL of our rental
units. In some units, we take the extra step to also install
curtains, which cannot be removed or changed during occupancy.
Experience has shown that less damages to the window frames,
proper installation, conformity, and an extra amenity for the Tenant
are worth the expense and effort. All windows must open/must have
screens. Windows that are painted shut, difficult to open-torn or
damaged screens are “red flags.”
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This web page was updated on 02/28/2009.