If your single-family Decatur 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 wondering if you should purchase one. So should you have sprinkler systems for your rental home? There are pros and cons that you need to munch on before making the final decision. Depending on your rental property and circumstances, you should get as much data as possible to help you decide if an automatic sprinkler system is ideal for your place.
Pros: Sprinkler System Benefits
There are a handful of good reasons to consider having an automatic sprinkler system installed for your rental property. Perhaps the primary reason is knowing 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 neat, healthy-looking yard. Being aware 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 convenience of automatic watering, you do not need to fret if it’s been done or not.
Another key benefit would be 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 vibrant and healthy. This is applicable if you have the right size and kind of sprinkler heads for the various areas of the yard that will need water. By watering the plants as needed, you may be able to save a lot on your water bill each month.
When the time comes for you to sell your property, a sprinkler system may be able to attract buyers. This is because there are only a few people who can stomach the hassle of installing their 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 a significant reason why a property owner would think twice to install a sprinkler system. Depending on the yard’s size is and the type of sprinkler system it will require, the installation cost can cost you thousands of dollars.
If you are someone who can do some or all of the work by yourself, then you can save some cash. 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, think about hiring 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. Like other sections 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 an area with freezing winter temperatures, you’ll also need to winterize your system each year or risk burst pipes and flooding.
In the end, 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 easy. Consider giving Real Property Management Citywide a call for advice about property upgrades, maintenance, and other related topics. Our Decatur property managers are ready to help and keep your rental property profitable month after month, year after year. You can reach us at 770-733-1848 or contact us online.
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