Upgrading a rental house does not need to be high-priced or stressful. There are a lot of very affordable or free resources to take a so-so rental property and boost its appeal to prospective tenants. By adding quite a few little touches, swapping out a bunch of hardware or fixtures, and doing a little very inexpensive resurfacing, you can make your single-family rental property one that quality tenants will be looking forward to renting. Indeed, as a matter of fact, with just five light upgrades, you can markedly boost your Palos Verdes property’s appeal.
Changing Hardware and Fixtures
Replacing small hardware items, for example, doorknobs and light fixtures at the top of the list among small upgrades that can have an essential impact. Over time, hardware and light fixtures can tarnish or look dated. When this occurs, a rental home’s interior can leave a negative impression on prospective renters. Straightforwardly updating old light fixtures in key rooms, fixing a ceiling fan in a bedroom, or using matching doorknobs, locks, and other hardware can add a better visual appeal that is higher than the costs. Hardware and light fixtures don’t need to be fancy or pricy; a rather simple fixture that looks clean and modern will, in general, do the trick.
Touching Up the Paint
While repainting a rental home’s interior is one focal way to make that fresh, clean look tenants fancy, it is possible to obtain 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 between every tenant. If that is so in your rental property, painting an accent, the trim, or a few walls can 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 significantly impact the property’s total appeal. Perhaps more than other features, a pleasant countertop can lend a kitchen or bathroom a custom look and an upgraded feel. And conveniently, installing granite or other expensive options is not necessary to have this same result. There is quite a lot of varied countertop resurfacing kits available that can supply your old countertops with an instant facelift without the designer price tag.
Don’t Forget the Details
Interior decorators comprehend well that adding quite a few small touches to a home can make a big difference. Palos Verdes property managers can follow that example. Integrating new cabinet handles and drawer pulls to a bland kitchen can add beauty and function, straight away upgrading otherwise tired old cabinets.
Updated and matching faceplates are other simple details that can certainly make a home interior feel more attractively put together. Cracked or mismatched faceplates can substantially affect a room’s feel and visual appeal. You can make each room in your rental house immeasurably more delightful by only replacing each faceplate with new, matching ones.
Not only that, ensure to add quite a few tech-friendly touches! For relatively little money, you can form smart updates to your rental home that tenants will delight in. For example, switch various regular outlets in key areas to outlets that have USB ports. You can even turn a GFCI outlet into a charging hub. Or, check about 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 far simpler to attract quality tenants.
Landscape for Free
A rental home’s landscaping is a significant part of the property’s curb appeal and can even be one of the principal grounds a tenant chooses your property over another. A clean, low-maintenance yard is acceptable for rental homes, but tenants enjoy trees, flowers, and other beautifying elements. To add a few delightful low-cost colors and green to your rental’s yard, check your local utility or city website. Many cities give away free trees or other plants to property owners. Secondly, always remember to check the “Free Stuff” section of your local classifieds. In these ads, people ordinarily advertise things they no longer need – for example, shrubs and trees – to anyone ready to come and get them. Accordingly, you can upgrade your property’s landscaping for no higher cost than a little elbow grease and a shovel.
Small upgrades absolutely can equal big returns when it comes to standing out in the rental market. With just a little time and a few very reasonable purchases, you can upgrade your Palos Verdes rental property and your ability to invite the kind of tenants you love.
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Originally published on January 17, 2020
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