Spring is a great time to spruce up your rental property to make it look fresh and new. A property that looks like it’s taken care of will rent much quicker than a property that looks neglected and is falling apart. Here are some tips on how to freshen up your rental unit so potential tenants will come knocking on your door.
With the snow all melted, your lawn probably looks brown and in need of some TLC. Raking, mowing, and fertilizer will help bring your lawn back to a green splendour that tenants will be proud to be around. Plant some flowers in a garden, and place some planters around the property to fill with bright, bold flowers. Having manicured lawns offers a curb appeal that potential tenants find hard to resist.
Consider spending a few extra dollars to buy perennials, so you don’t have to plant new flowers each year.
Nothing spruces things up like a fresh coat of paint. Both the interior and exterior of your property will likely need a coat or two of paint. This includes trim, doors, window frames and garage doors. If you can’t paint yourself, you can hire a professional painter to do it for you. There are also several alternatives to painting, such as wallpaper, stencils, and other coverings. Be creative!
Update kitchens and bathrooms
These are the two rooms that get used the most, and tenants look for updated styles that they can work with. You don’t have to spend top dollar for all of the high-end appliances or cupboards; but these rooms should have a clean, fresh look. Hang some curtains in the windows, use hanging plants or accents that will enhance the rooms.
Harsh lighting can make any room’s decor seem unforgiving. Try changing the lighting to a soft glow, particularly in the family and living rooms. This provides a warm and inviting atmosphere. Visit your local home improvement store for ideas on modern, affordable lighting options.
Consider a stager
If you really want to rent your property quickly, consider hiring a stager. These professionals can make a big impact with small changes. A few pillows strategically placed around the room; some towels stacked neatly in the bathroom, and clutter removed throughout the house can greatly improve your chances of renting the property quickly.
Hire a professional management company
If you don’t have the time to make the necessary upgrades/updates to your property, consider hiring a professional property management company. A representative will coordinate with other service companies (painters, plumbers, landscapers, roofers, etc.) to ensure that your property gets the updates and repairs it needs. They can show potential tenants through the home, run the reference checks, and even collect rent every month. This leaves you with more free time, and you don’t have to worry about being called in the middle of the night when the furnace breaks. Everything is taken care of for you, down to the last detail. All you have to do is deposit your rental checks!
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