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Porch Swings, Tree Swings, and Hammocks: Should You Allow Them on Your Rental Property?

Canyon County Children in a Backyard HammockIt’s tough to negate the appeal of a swing or a hammock. Whether it’s spending a lazy afternoon on a porch swing or in a hammock or swinging through the air on a tree swing, various kinds of swings hold an obvious charm. Yet, as a Canyon Country rental property owner, is it a great move to permit porch swings, tree swings, and hammocks on your property? Despite the fact that swings and hammocks can be a major draw for tenants, they also come with risks. Before installing or supporting a swing or hammock, it’s essential to think about all possible outcomes.

Porch Swings

Porch swings are one feature in a home that many individuals love – at least in theory. While it’s true that a porch swing can be an excellent spot to spend time, welcome neighbors, and rest, it can also immediately turn into a safety hazard. It is quite safe when a porch swing is correctly installed and used cautiously. But in due course, the structural support a swing needs might debilitate, making the swing collapse.

It can also be easy for young children to hurt themselves on the swing, whether from falling off or being hit with it when it’s moving. Finally, because they are exposed to the elements, porch swings may start to splinter or crack – especially if they are not properly maintained.

Tree Swings

Tree swings are not the same as swing sets in many ways, yet the most significant is the height of the rope. Unlike swing sets, which are relatively close to the ground, a tree swing is often longer and can propel a person higher into the air. Although this is part of the attraction, it is also incredibly dangerous should anyone fall off.

The injuries caused by tree swings are often far more severe than those from other types of falls. Tree swings also damage trees, sometimes leaving the tree exposed to pests and the elements that will, over time, kill the entire tree.


Like tree swings, hammocks also convey the possibility of destroying trees. But hammocks are also often regarded to be safer than a tree swing since they are closer to the ground. Hammocks are well known among renters, homeowners, campers, and hikers because they are lightweight and trouble-free to store. They can be set up and taken down quite rapidly and deliver a comfortable spot to sleep or nap any time of the day or night.

There are numerous types of hammocks, such as some with a freestanding frame. Surely, hammocks also accompany a risk of accident and injury, and like any swing, they can be a real hazard if not used carefully.

Swing Sets

The subject of swings and the risks involved normally lead to children’s swing sets. While all swings do carry the risk of injury, a properly constructed swing set is maybe the safest of all sorts of swings. Not only are sturdy swing sets designed to hold up under some rough treatment, but they are also firmly anchored and close to the ground.

Whether you or your tenant is thinking about adding a swing or hammock to your rental property, the final decision is definitely up to you. Yet, by understanding the risks and rewards of each type, you can quickly make that decision when the time comes.


For sure, not all decisions are easy to make, even after you have enough information to go on. Contact the experts at Real Property Management Traditions if you find yourself stuck or not knowing the right thing to do. Our Canyon County property managerscan help you decide what is best for your property and circumstances and give you the advice and guidance you need to make owning rental properties a delight. Call us at 661-266-1400.

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