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Top 3 Rental Property Upgrades That May Not Be Worth the Money

pricey rental property upgradesIn connection with improving your investment properties, some modifications provide a solid return for the money, while others fail to do so. One of the significant errors that rental property owners can make is expending a lot of money on upgrades that don’t contribute much value to their property or simply don’t enhance the overall appeal of the rental home to future residents. 

Having knowledge of which upgrades to avoid can help you invest wisely in the right property improvements. There is a consensus among industry experts that three aspects of enhancements ought to be circumvented: elaborate landscaping, the installation of hardwood flooring, and comprehensive smart technology features. 

Elaborate Landscaping 

Tidy, low-maintenance landscaping is an attractive attribute for a rental property. Most renters prefer a yard that is aesthetically pleasing and easy to take care of. Upgrading your rental property’s landscaping by planting an abundance of aesthetically pleasing plants and trees or creating attractive flower beds alongside a large, lush lawn area may appear to be a good idea. In the end, curb appeal is an essential element of the perceived value of a rental home

On the other hand, going over the top and building a high-maintenance yard wastes money as it has little positive impact on the rental property’s value or the renter’s pleasure. Furthermore, although your renter might initially be attracted to the gorgeous landscaping, they may quickly tire of it and either neglect your property or opt to move out. With regard to landscaping a rental property, plain is better. 

Hardwood Flooring 

Wood flooring is popular among homeowners on account of its organic appearance and inviting ambiance. However, it requires a lot of upkeep and is vulnerable to damage from water leaks or other incidents. Moreover, it’s important to consider whether renters will adequately care for a hardwood floor.

In light of the aforementioned considerations, it’s essential to mention that while wood flooring may be an appealing upgrade for residents, the majority of renters are content with a low-maintenance substitute. It’s critical to keep in mind that natural hardwood is one of the more expensive upgrades, which means you may not recover the installation cost, even if you elect to increase the rent.

Overdoing Smart Technology

In today’s rental market, property managers and landlords may be tempted to integrate advanced technology such as smart thermostats, keyless entry systems, and energy-efficient appliances to stay relevant and attract tenants

Yet, property owners need to assess the cost versus benefit of applying such improvements. Even though these technologies offer convenience and productivity, they frequently come with a significant price tag that may not support the return on investment. 

For example, smart home systems require initial setup costs and regular maintenance, which can reduce potential profits over time. Similarly, sophisticated security features may provide peace of mind but not significantly influence rental rates or tenant satisfaction.

The current state of the art may rapidly become obsolete in the future, requiring expensive upgrades or substitutes. Moreover, the complexity of these systems can bring about technical problems that call for specialized expertise and resources to rectify, adding to the property’s overall operational costs. All of these considerations must be taken into account prior to integrating new technology into your property.


Prioritizing both profitability and tenant satisfaction is of the utmost importance. While elaborate cosmetic developments and complex technology installations may seem appealing, they may not always be the best investment. As an alternative, contemplate implementing cost-effective upgrades that provide tangible benefits, such as essential maintenance and modifications that improve the property’s functionality and prolong its life. By carefully evaluating the cost versus benefit of each improvement and emphasizing those that offer the greatest return on investment, you can ensure long-term success in the rental market.

Seeking to maximize the return on your investment properties in Bannock County and the adjacent area? Consider working with Real Property Management Pocatello! We’re always available to assist you in achieving your goals – give us a call at 208-234-1000 or send us a message online.

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