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

Portsmouth Children in a Backyard HammockIt’s difficult to disregard 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, multiple varieties of swings have an unquestionable charm. However, as a Portsmouth rental property owner, is it a smart idea to allow porch swings, tree swings, and hammocks on your property? Even though swings and hammocks can be a great selling point for tenants, they are also associated with risks. Before establishing or permitting a swing or hammock, it’s imperative to review all probable outcomes.

Porch Swings

Porch swings are one element in a house that many people like – at least in theory. While it’s apparent that a porch swing can be a pleasant location to stay, meet friends, and unwind, it can also rapidly become a safety hazard. It is relatively safe when a porch swing is correctly installed and utilized cautiously. But sooner or later, the structural support a swing demands may weaken, forcing the swing to collapse.

It can also be possible for young children to hurt themselves on the swing, either by falling off or being hit with it while they are playing. Ultimately, because they are exposed to the elements, porch swings may splinter or crack – specifically if they are not properly maintained.

Tree Swings

Tree swings are distinct from swing sets in many aspects, but the most crucial is the height of the rope. Unlike swing sets, which are quite close to the ground, a tree swing is often longer and can propel a person higher into the air. While this is part of the enjoyment, it is also very dangerous should somebody fall off.

The injuries caused by tree swings are typically far more severe than those from other forms 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 hold the threat of damaging trees. Nonetheless, hammocks are also commonly conceived to be safer than a tree swing since they are closer to the ground. Hammocks are preferable among renters, homeowners, campers, and hikers since they are lightweight and easy to store. They can be set up and taken down quite simply and give a lovely spot to sleep or nap any time of the day or night.

There are several varieties of hammocks, including ones with a freestanding frame. Undeniably, hammocks also come with a potential of accident and injury, and like any swing, they may be a real hazard if not utilized appropriately.

Swing Sets

The subject of swings and the risks involved inevitably lead to children’s swing sets. While all swings do carry the risk of injury, a properly constructed swing set is likely 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 seems to be on you. However, by understanding the risks and rewards of each type, you can more surely make that decision when the time comes.


Of course, not all decisions are simple to make, even after you have strong information to go on. Contact the experts at Real Property Management Hampton Roads if you find yourself stuck or not knowing the right thing to do. Our Portsmouth property managers can help you know what is best for your property and situation and provide you with the advice and guidance you need to make owning rental properties an enjoyment. Call us at 757-395-4274.

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