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

Keller Children in a Backyard HammockIt’s challenging to ignore 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, many sorts of swings possess an evident charm. Yet, as a Keller rental property owner, is it a wise decision to permit porch swings, tree swings, and hammocks on your property? While swings and hammocks can be a huge appeal for tenants, they also come with risks. Before constructing or supporting a swing or hammock, you should think about all possible outcomes.

Porch Swings

Porch swings are one feature in a house that many individuals enjoy – at least in theory. While it’s accurate that a porch swing can be a wonderful area to hang around, greet neighbors, and rest, it can also quickly turn into a safety hazard. It is relatively safe when a porch swing is correctly installed and utilized cautiously. However, over time, the structural support a swing requires might debilitate, making the swing crash.

It can also be easy for young children to hurt themselves on the swing, either by falling off or being hit with it when it’s swinging. At last, as they are exposed to the elements, porch swings may develop to splinter or crack – mainly if they are not properly maintained.

Tree Swings

Tree swings are different from swing sets in several aspects, but the most crucial is the height of the rope. Different from 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 thrill, it is also incredibly dangerous should anyone fall off.

The injuries caused by tree swings are usually far more dangerous 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.


Besides tree swings, hammocks also contain the potential of destroying trees. However, hammocks are also often known to be safer than a tree swing since they are closer to the ground. Hammocks are popular among renters, homeowners, campers, and hikers as they are lightweight and unproblematic to store. They can be set up and taken down quite fast and offer a relaxing place to sleep or nap any time of the day or night.

There are several sorts of hammocks, such as ones with a freestanding frame. For sure, hammocks also accompany a risk of accident and injury, and similar to any swing, they can be a serious hazard if not used carefully.

Swing Sets

The subject of swings and the risks involved naturally lead to children’s swing sets. While all swings do carry the risk of injury, a well-constructed swing set is maybe 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 totally up to you. Yet, by understanding the risks and rewards of each type, you can definitely make that decision when the time comes.


Obviously, not all decisions are easy to make, even after you have ample information to go on. Contact the experts at Real Property Management Meridian if you find yourself stuck or not knowing the right thing to do. Our Keller property managers can give you a better idea of what is best for your property and situation and provide you with the advice and guidance you need to make owning rental properties a delight. Call us at 817-678-8787.

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