We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: if you want to attract good tenants, the kitchen and bathroom areas are the first to be renovated. But if we’re talking outdoor space, there’s one area that’s close to every Australian’s heart, and that’s the BBQ area! Will people be willing to pay more rent for nice outdoor entertainment areas? As property managers, we have to give you a resounding yes!
Location, Location, Location
Pick the right spot for outdoor entertainment areas. Patios and pool areas are popular choices for obvious reasons, but you may decide to site the BBQ area elsewhere. Whichever spot you choose, remember that there should be easy access from the kitchen and that privacy will always be welcome.
BBQ Area for Rain or Shine
There’s nothing worse than having your BBQ rained out, so a roofed-over outdoor entertainment area is always a winner. However, you want to keep the outdoor feel, so choose a light, airy design with open sides. Roll down blinds can block off inclement breezes if need be. Fold-away roof structures give the best of both worlds: BBQ under the sun or starlight, or cover up to keep out the rain.
The Outdoor Kitchen
For a premium home, a sophisticated outdoor kitchen is an extra drawcard, but most Aussies like the traditional fireside setup with a handy worktop just as well – if not better. When choosing the site, think about things like prevailing wind – your tenants won’t thank you if all the BBQ smoke blows into the house – and you won’t want the hazard of windblown sparks much either.
Although easy-to reach raised BBQ fireplaces will always be popular, the firepit is still enjoying its comeback: great for letting the guys release their inner caveman! You could also look at saving on this area by just providing an attractive BBQ space. Most Australian families worth their salt will have a portable BBQ they can wheel in.
This is by no means a must, but it can add to the welcoming appearance of the BBQ area – and it will save your tenants having to provide their own outdoor furniture. From timber picnic benches to built stone seats, there are plenty of great ideas for permanent outdoor seating. All your tenants need do is to provide their own cushions.
Adding lighting along any walkways leading to the BBQ area is a considerate touch – and it can help to prevent nasty little accidents as guests navigate their way from the BBQ area to the house. Good quality solar-powered lights are a great choice. However, your BBQ area will need stronger lighting, so you won’t overcome the need for extra electrical wiring to the entertainment area.
Property Managers: “Little Extras Make a Difference – But Keep It Simple”
Ultimately, it’s worth remembering that although tenants do love those little extras, expenses have to be subtracted from profits. How much you spend on a BBQ area will be influenced by returns. Keep it down-to-earth, think fire-safety and convenience, and that should be all you need to keep everyone happy.
Should there be a BBQ area at all? As property managers, we think it preferable. It gives you control over the area your tenants choose to use when they BBQ – and sooner or later, they will!
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