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Posted by Hannah Lapin ● Feb 6, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Should I renovate my SFR rental property?

Should I renovate my SFR rental_

Renovating your rental properties can be a highly expensive, time consuming undertaking, depending on the particular renovations. If you are debating whether or not to undergo renovations, ask yourself these four questions:

  1. Will the renovations allow me to raise the rents?

  2. Will the renovations reduce tenant turnovers?

    • Renters often leave due to lack of functionality in the property, rather than style. Can your renovations help improve the functionality for tenants? See the "Top 10 Reasons Renters Move."
  3. Will the renovations attract a higher caliber tenant?

    • Often, updated kitchens and bathrooms will attract better tenants who can afford higher rents. Think responsible tenants with job stability, who will take care of their living space.
  4. Will the renovations reduce the long-term cost of ongoing maintenance? 

If the answer to one or more of these questions is "Yes," renovating your rentals could be highly worthwhile. Other factors to consider are the current tax benefits of renovating rental properties, and whether or not you have a rental property you can pull cash-out of to finance your renovations.

For more insights on rental renovations, see Cozy's Guide to Renovating Rentals. For easy, inexpensive rental property upgrades, see the "Property Upgrades" section of our blog.

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Related: 4 Updates Your Rental Home Needs Every DecadeReal Estate Investors and Renovations 

Topics: Real Estate Investing, Property Management, Property Upgrades