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

Marble Falls Children in a Backyard HammockIt’s hard to reject 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, a wide variety of swings have an undeniable charm. Yet, as a Marble Falls rental property owner, is it a sensible move to permit porch swings, tree swings, and hammocks on your property? Although swings and hammocks can be a big selling point for tenants, they also entail risks. Prior to constructing or allowing a swing or hammock, it’s essential to determine all possible outcomes.

Porch Swings

Porch swings are one element of a property that numerous persons recognize – at least in theory. While it is true that a porch swing can be a beautiful area to hang around, welcome people, and relax, it can also quickly become a safety hazard. It is relatively safe when a porch swing is correctly installed and used wisely. But eventually, the structural support a swing necessitates may weaken, leading the swing to topple.

It can also be possible for young children to hurt themselves on the swing, either by falling off or being hit with it when it’s moving. In the end, as they are exposed to the elements, porch swings may begin to splinter or crack – primarily if they are not properly maintained.

Tree Swings

Tree swings are not similar to swing sets in many ways, but the most important is the height of the rope. Dissimilar to swing sets, which are quite close to the ground, a tree swing is often longer and can propel a person higher into the air. Even if this is part of the excitement, it is also incredibly dangerous should anybody fall off.

The injuries caused by tree swings are commonly far more dangerous than those from other sorts 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.


Aside from tree swings, hammocks also pose the chance of injuring trees. But hammocks are also typically known to be safer than a tree swing since they are closer to the ground. Hammocks are popular among renters, homeowners, campers, and hikers since they are lightweight and not difficult to store. They can be set up and taken down quite swiftly and provide a comfy spot to sleep or nap any time of the day or night.

There are a wide variety of hammocks, including ones with a freestanding frame. Undoubtedly, hammocks also come with a potential of accident and injury, and same as any swing, they can be a real hazard if not used cautiously.

Swing Sets

The subject of swings and the risks involved automatically lead to children’s swing sets. While all swings do carry the risk of injury, a properly built swing set is probably the safest of all types 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 one that only you can decide. But by understanding the risks and rewards of each type, you can more surely make that decision when the time comes.


Unquestionably, not all decisions are easy to make, even after you have broad information to go on. Contact the experts at Real Property Management Highland if you find yourself stuck or not knowing the right thing to do. Our Marble Falls property managers can assist you in deciding what is best for your property and condition and give you the advice and guidance you deserve to make owning rental properties a pleasure. Call us at 830-637-7880.

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