Your furniture is one of the most expensive purchases you might make as a homeowner or apartment dweller. It’s no wonder that military units, colleges and some real estate companies buy quality furniture that’s built to last for several years, hopefully a decade or longer. All property managers at these organizations have to do, if the furniture stays in good working condition, is clean, paint and maybe patch up a few wall holes before they allow new tenants to move into dorms, military barracks and apartments. In addition, if furniture suffers minor damage, managers of the establishments could use a wobble wedge to fix the furniture.
But, how do real estate managers know if furniture located in properties they manage is worth fixing? After all, as noted in Home Advisor’s “Is Your Furniture Worth Fixing: 5 Indicators of Quality Craftsmanship” article, Americans spend approximately $237 to repair a piece of furniture. That’s more than new furniture cost at some retail outlets. It’s more than nickel and dimes, which is a reason property managers need to make sure that furniture is even worth repairing.?
Furniture that has maintained its original structure (i.e. no leaning, sagging sofa pillows) for five years or longer might be worth fixing. Materials furniture is made of also impacts quality. For instance, furniture created with solid natural wood will generally endure longer than furniture made of a lower quality material like human made wood. Additionally, custom made furniture is generally a quality piece of furniture.
However, even quality furniture can get damaged. If it does, depending on the type of damage, the furniture could be repaired using a wobble wedge. How does a wobble wedge work? The repair product is placed under the bottom of a piece of furniture. For example, if a sofa or chair leg becomes uneven due to wear, a property manager could place a wobble wedge under the sofa or chair leg until the furniture evens itself out.
Also, if a sofa or chair is slightly off balance, property managers can place a little more than the tip of a wedge beneath the furniture leg. However, if furniture is wobbling badly, property managers can place a wobble wedge all the way under a sofa or chair leg. Considering the fact that a dozen wobble wedges cost less than $13 at some repair shops, the quick fix that takes a matter of seconds is worth it.
Property Managers Surviving Real Estate Industry Changes
The 2007 recession isn’t the only time entrepreneurs in the real estate industry experienced an economic slowdown. The Great Depression of the 1920s and the 1940s were other times the real estate industry struggled. Despite economic conditions and although real estate (i.e. land, buildings) is generally a durable good, property managers must find ways to attract tenants, including filling furnished houses, apartments and office complexes with attractive, quality furniture.
If the property is rented to several different tenants, over the years, the furniture could get kicked, jumped on and repeatedly sat on, things people may not generally think about when they purchase furniture. Yet, it’s something smart real estate managers keep at the front of their thoughts. For this reason, the managers test furniture, tugging on sofa arms and leaning into the spine of chairs. It’s also why some real estate managers who manage furnished properties keep a supply of wobble wedges on hand.
Rhonda Campbell is an East Coast journalist who loves offering tips and advice to homeowners and busy working parents. Her work has been published in national periodicals like USA Today, Yahoo! Education and The Pittsburgh Quarterly.