Was wondering if any landlord or even people who would think of renting consider furnishing a rental unit a benefit?
Bought a small property in the GTA. Very small. A condo alternative type place. Detached but just 1 floor. No basement (crawlspace). I want to market it in a way where it will make a potential tenant enticed to rent the unit. I've already decided the deck out back is a key seller so I'll be looking to furnish it with a nice, more expensive patio chair set and nice little bbq (i.e. Weber or Napoleon). Will also look to provide a small dining table for the eat in area.
However, for the main living room, which again is condo sized, I'm wondering if furnishing with a sofa and coffee table is a good idea? The thinking is it would attract first time renters (downside is inexperienced renter will complain more), or those from out of town the hassle of buying something new in a living space that won't be their forever home.
Or do tenants always have and prefer their own sofa. And if a 2nd tenant comes in, they would not want to use a 'used' sofa.
I'm thinking of taking pictures, furnished with a small, light set I have. But then possibility negotiating, if the tenant really wants it furnished, and they plan to stay long-term (beyond a year) I'll buy a set for it. I'm not trying to make huge $$ off this rental. More of a long-term carry and hold, with the notion of downsizing to it in older age.
Any suggestions or perspectives are welcome