A storage shed can be a nice add-on feature to a LaPorte single-family rental property. However, a storage shed can also be a potential liability. This can make it a real challenge to know whether adding or removing a storage shed from your rental property is the right thing to do. Learning all you can about the pros and cons of storage sheds and if they should be removed can make that decision easier.
What Value Does a Shed Offer?
Whether your property already has a storage shed or you’re thinking of adding one, here are several things you should keep in mind. According to appraisal experts, sheds do not add very much to a property’s value. The benefits of having a shed come from somewhere else. This is especially important to understand if you are thinking about building or installing a shed on a rental property that doesn’t already have one. Although a basic shed can be relatively affordable, there is an investment cost to consider.
Moreover, there are other pros and cons that you should think about before making your decision.
Pros: Attract New Tenants
The money you spend on a shed will probably not translate into a higher resale value but may help make your property more attractive to long-term renters. This is especially true if your rental home doesn’t have large closets, storage areas, or a garage. In such cases, a shed may help you attract and retain tenants who are happy to pay a little extra for the convenience of having on-site storage space.
Another potential upside to having a shed on your property is the chance for your tenant to use it as additional space. The trends of a “she-shed” or “man-cave” have been popular for a while and don’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. There are multiple options for using a small space separate from the home, such as hobbies that aren’t suitable for indoors. If your tenants enjoy woodworking or other messy projects, this may be a cost-effective way to attract new, higher-paying tenants to your rental.
Cons: Potential Headaches
Of course, a storage shed may not appeal to all tenants in all markets. This makes understanding your local market and your target renter so important. For example, an increasing number of renters, even those who want single-family rental homes, are either minimizing their possessions or hiring service companies to help them take care of their homes. In either case, the tenant has fewer personal possessions and will not want to pay more for a rental home with a shed.
From a LaPorte property manager’s standpoint, having a shed on the property might likewise bring a few unwanted problems. A storage shed will require maintenance, adding to the time and expense of property upkeep. Furthermore, tenants may overfill or misuse the shed, leading to structural damage or even an insect or rodent problem. If this happens, your property values could suffer as a result. For this reason, some property owners may find removing an existing shed, even one in good condition, to be the best preference.
So…Keep or Build a Shed – Or Not?
Keeping or removing a shed is not a decision to make lightly. But if your property already has a storage shed, you will need to address whether or not to remove it at some point. Over time, all structures deteriorate. Once a shed has outlived its useful life, it may become both an eyesore and a liability issue. Sagging roofs, warped doors, insect damage, and rust can all turn a shed into a safety hazard for you and your tenants. If any or all of the following situations exist, failure to remove the shed may result in a lawsuit if someone is injured. If you do decide to remove the shed, it is important to keep up with suitable safety procedures or hire a trustworthy contractor to do it for you.
Deciding to add or remove a shed requires careful research and planning. But such steps are essential to make sure that you have made the proper decision for you, your tenants, and your investing future.
Real Property Management of the Rockies is here to help investors with complicated questions like what to do with a shed on your investment property. We can advise you on everything from maintenance to tenant relations. To learn more about what we can do for you and your investments, call us at 970-658-0410 or contact us online.
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Originally published on December 27, 2019
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