Upgrading a rental house does not need to be financially excessive or difficult. There are a whole lot of fairly priced or free ways to take a so-so rental property and boost its appeal to prospective tenants. By adding one or a number of simple touches, swapping out different hardware or fixtures, and doing a bit of budget-friendly resurfacing, you can make your single-family rental property one that quality tenants will be excited to rent. In actuality, with just five really easy upgrades, you can significantly boost your Kenmore property’s appeal.
Changing Hardware and Fixtures
Replacing small hardware items like for example doorknobs and light fixtures is at the top of the list among small upgrades that can have a huge impact. Over time, hardware and light fixtures can tarnish or look dated. When this comes about, a rental home’s interior can negatively impact prospective renters. Completely updating old light fixtures in key rooms, adding up a ceiling fan in a bedroom, or putting matching doorknobs, locks, and other hardware can indeed develop visual appeal that is far higher than the costs. Hardware and light fixtures don’t need to be fancy or financially harmful; a pretty basic fixture that looks clean and modern will frequently do the trick.
Touching Up the Paint
While repainting a rental home’s interior is one sure way to realize and achieve that fresh, clean look tenants enjoy, it is possible to achieve a similar effect by doing small touch-ups. Determined by the level of wear and tear, the whole interior may not need a full paint job in-between every tenant. In this instance in your rental property, painting an accent, the trim, or a few walls can successfully achieve the look of freshly painted walls without spending too much time or money.
Resurface the Countertops
The look of a rental home’s countertops can impact the property’s overall appeal. Perhaps really more than other features, a gorgeous countertop can lend a kitchen or bathroom a custom look and an upgraded feel. And thankfully, installing granite or other expensive options is not necessary to create this same result. There are many varied countertop resurfacing kits available that can bring your old countertops an instant facelift without the designer price tag.
Don’t Forget the Details
Interior decorators know for certain that adding one or a number of small touches to a home can make a big difference. Kenmore property managers can follow that example. Positioning new cabinet handles and drawer pulls in a bland kitchen can add beauty and function, as well as instantly upgrading otherwise tired old cabinets.
Updated and matching faceplates are other small details that can certainly make a home interior feel prettily put together. Cracked or mismatched faceplates can adversely affect a room’s feel and visual appeal. You can make each room in your rental house way more attractive by merely replacing each faceplate with new, matching ones.
Similarly, remember to add one or a number of tech-friendly touches! For relatively little money, you can bring about smart updates to your rental home that tenants will fancy. For example, switch some regular outlets in key areas to outlets incorporating USB ports. You can even turn a GFCI outlet into a charging hub. Or, evaluate getting a video doorbell, smart light bulbs or plugs, or a Wi-Fi-enabled garage door. The money you spend on these updates will add value to your property and make it uncomplicated to attract quality tenants.
Landscape for Free
A rental home’s landscaping is a relevant part of the property’s curb appeal and can even be one of the prime reasons a tenant chooses your property over another. A clean, low-maintenance yard is quite acceptable for rental homes, but tenants enjoy trees, flowers, and other beautifying elements. To add one or a number of low-cost colors and green to your rental yard, investigate your local utility or city website. Nearly all cities give away free trees or other plants to property owners. Moreover, always keep in mind to check the “Free Stuff” section of your local classifieds. In these ads, people repeatedly advertise things they no longer need – like for example shrubs and trees – to anyone inclined to come and get them. That way, you can upgrade your property’s landscaping for no higher cost than a little elbow grease and a shovel.
Small upgrades can unquestionably equal big returns toward standing out in the rental market. With just a little time and a few fairly affordable purchases, you can upgrade your Kenmore rental property and your ability to easily attract the kind of tenants you want.
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Originally published on January 17, 2020
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