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

Barling Children in a Backyard HammockIt’s hard to avoid 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 extraordinary charm. Yet, as a Barling rental property owner, is it a good suggestion to permit porch swings, tree swings, and hammocks on your property? Although swings and hammocks can be a huge magnet for tenants, they also accompany risks. Prior to building or permitting a swing or hammock, it’s necessary to evaluate all possible outcomes.

Porch Swings

Porch swings are one component in a home that numerous individuals notice – at least in theory. Even though it’s undeniable that a porch swing can be a nice area to spend time, greet people, and take a break, it can also quickly become a safety hazard. It is relatively safe when a porch swing is correctly installed and used carefully. But over time, the structural support a swing needs may weaken, causing the swing to fall.

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 swinging. To conclude, because they are exposed to the elements, porch swings may start to splinter or crack – mainly if they are not properly maintained.

Tree Swings

Tree swings are not similar to swing sets in several ways, but the most critical is the height of the rope. Unlike swing sets, which are somewhat 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 attraction, it is also incredibly dangerous should anybody 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 pose the possibility of hurting trees. But hammocks are also typically recognized to be safer than a tree swing since they are closer to the ground. Hammocks are appealing among renters, homeowners, campers, and hikers since they are lightweight and simple to store. They can be set up and taken down quite easily and provide a comfortable place to sleep or nap any time of the day or night.

There are literally dozens of hammocks, including some with a freestanding frame. Undeniably, hammocks also have a possibility of accident and injury, and same as any swing, they can be a genuine hazard if not used safely.

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 properly built swing set is perhaps 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 make. But by understanding the risks and rewards of each type, you can more confidently make that decision when the time comes.


Undeniably, not all decisions are easy to make, even after you have solid information to go on. Contact the experts at Real Property Management First Choice if you find yourself stuck or not knowing the right thing to do. Our Barling property managers can help you assess what is best for your property and situation and give you the advice and guidance you deserve to make owning rental properties a pleasure. Call us at 479-242-0791.

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