If your single-family Palmetto rental home is the same as most others out there, it will typically 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 condition, 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. 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. Having 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 beautiful 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 only when 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. The reason for this is that only a few people are fine with 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 having 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 someone who can do 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 bothering 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 linked with a sprinkler system. Like other parts of your property, a sprinkler system will need to be maintained to keep it in good shape 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.
In the end, the decision falls on you on whether or not 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 Sarasota & Manatee a call for advice about property upgrades, maintenance, and other related topics. Our Palmetto property managers will assist you and keep your rental property profitable month after month, year after year. You can reach us at 941-225-8185 or contact us online.
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