If recent trends are to be observed, one can clearly say that most homeowners prefer now to have their outdoor entertainment area to be in the form of a backyard fire pit. There is an increasing demand for patios and backyards to be transformed into some sort of extensions of the house specifically designed for a more fun, homey feel activity place.
As the owner of single-family rental homes in Piedmont, you would want your residents to feel at home in your rental properties, and sometimes that means you will give them a bit of freedom, but within reason too, to decorate the house and yard according to what they feel it would best fit their preference. Although some items, such as a freestanding fire pit or a backyard fire area, are far more dangerous than others, and would, in turn, pose substantial hazards to residents and property owners too.
According to the National Fire Prevention Association, outdoor fireplaces and fire pits cause around 3,700 fires each year. Thanks to the popularity of fire pits in recent years, injuries related to their use tripled from 1,330 to 3,608 in just six years. Many cities and counties also have restrictions and laws surrounding whether a fire pit or outside fireplace are even allowed.
Obviously, the correct installation and proper use of fire pits can significantly lower the risks involved. If in case you have already given your go signal to your residents to let them have a fire pit on your property, then you better make certain to follow simple things that can protect both your real estate investment and your residents. Fire prevention experts recommend that a fire pit should be at least 10 feet away from any building or neighbor’s yard, and placed on a non-flammable surface, such as bricks or concrete. Fire pits should certainly not be positioned under a porch roof or low-hanging trees, and must never be used when windy or when air quality standards prohibit their use. The experts also advise never to leave a fire pit unattended and to look out for children and pets when they are around open flames.
If you have a resident that has installed or used a fire pit without permission, you simply cannot trust that they have taken the necessary precautions or that they understand basic fire safety. Not knowing about a fire pit on your rental property won’t stop it from causing damage and injury, which is why the consistent monitoring of all areas of your rental home is an important part of quality property management.
At Real Property Management Masters, we understand what it takes to protect your real estate investment. Our comprehensive and professional property management services offer proper oversight of your rental homes and can give you total peace of mind. You won’t need to worry about your residents accidentally burning your Piedmont rental house down when we’re on the job. For more information, please contact us online or call us at 510-398-8704 today!
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