A couple of quick items come to mind – hard surface floors – NO CARPET. Tile is better than wood or laminate because it’s tougher. These days I’d recommend LVP (Luxury Vinyl Plank) flooring. It’s not indestructible, but it wears well and you can replace individual pieces without replacing the whole room.
Another thing I’d recommend is NO ICEMAKER! If the refrigerator has one installed, remove it. You will spend more time and money keeping these things operating properly than any other item!
A real winner that seems to escape a lot of landlords is to set it up so that the tenant can’t lock any exterior door from the outside without the key. What I’ve done is install a PASSAGE SET(which does not lock!) for the door knob and a deadbolt lock which requires a key to lock from the outside. This eliminates 90% of the lockout calls because the tenant can’t lock the place up when they leave without having a key in their hand.
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