Upgrading a rental house does not need to be unreasonably expensive or unmanageable. There are a bunch of moderately priced or free techniques to take a so-so rental property and boost its appeal to prospective tenants. By adding one or a few easy, small touches, swapping out various hardware or fixtures, and doing a little affordably priced resurfacing, you can make your single-family rental property one that quality tenants will be eager to rent. Indeed, with just five hassle-free upgrades, you can vastly boost your Belleair property’s appeal.
Changing Hardware and Fixtures
Replacing small hardware items, to cite an example, doorknobs, and light fixtures is at the top of the list among small upgrades that can have a powerful impact. Over time, hardware and light fixtures can tarnish or look dated. When this takes place, a rental home’s interior can leave a negative impression on prospective renters. Just updating old light fixtures in key rooms, adding a ceiling fan in a bedroom, or putting in matching doorknobs, locks, and other hardware can create a visual appeal that is far exceeding the costs. Hardware and light fixtures don’t need to be fancy or highly priced; a relatively simple fixture that looks clean and modern will most commonly do the trick.
Touching Up the Paint
While repainting a rental home’s interior is one critical way to pick up that fresh, clean look tenants want, it is possible to attain a similar effect by doing small touch-ups. Depending on the level of wear and tear, the whole interior may not need a full paint job in-between every tenant. If it is the case in your rental property, painting an accent, the trim, or a few walls can successfully create 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, without a doubt, impact the property’s overall appeal. Perhaps more than other features, a magnificent countertop can lend a kitchen or bathroom a custom look and an upgraded feel. Favorably, installing granite or other expensive options is not at all necessary to realize this same result. There are certainly many different countertop resurfacing kits available that can grant your old countertops an instant facelift without the designer price tag.
Don’t Forget the Details
Interior decorators understand that adding one or a few small touches to a home can make a big difference. Belleair property managers can follow that example. Putting in new cabinet handles and drawer pulls to a bland kitchen can add beauty and function, right away upgrading otherwise tired old cabinets.
Updated and matching faceplates are other small details that can make a home interior feel more tastefully put together. Cracked or mismatched faceplates can badly affect a room’s feel and visual appeal. You can make each room in your rental house far more pleasing and attractive by just replacing each faceplate with new, matching ones.
Additionally, keep in mind to add one or a few tech-friendly touches! For relatively little money, you can execute smart updates to your rental home that tenants will take delight in. For example, switch some regular outlets in key areas to outlets with USB ports. You can even turn a GFCI outlet into a charging hub. Or, look at getting a video doorbell, smart light bulbs or plugs, or a Wi-Fi-enabled garage door. The money you spend on these updates will favorably add value to your property and make it trouble-free to attract quality tenants.
Landscape for Free
A rental home’s landscaping is a critical part of the property’s curb appeal and can even be one of the root causes of a tenant choosing your property over another. A clean, low-maintenance yard is efficient for rental homes, but tenants enjoy trees, flowers, and other beautifying elements. To add one or a few low-cost colors and green to your rental yard, seek your local utility or city website. Most cities give away free trees or other plants to property owners. Furthermore, consider checking the “Free Stuff” section of your local classifieds. In these ads, people oftentimes advertise things they no longer need – to cite an example, shrubs, and trees – to anyone ready to come and get them. Thus, you can upgrade your property’s landscaping for no higher cost than a little elbow grease and a shovel.
Small upgrades can equal big returns relating to standing out in the rental market. With just a little time and one or more affordably priced purchases, you can upgrade your Belleair rental property and your ability to captivate the kind of tenants you are looking for.
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Originally published on January 17, 2020
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