Improving a rental house can be done without it having to be expensive or difficult. In fact, there are a lot of inexpensive or free ways to boost the appeal of a so-so rental property and make it look attractive to prospective tenants. By doing some simple things like swapping out some hardware or fixtures, and doing a bit of low-cost resurfacing, you can turn your single-family rental property to one that quality tenants are looking for. In fact, with just these five simple upgrades, you can significantly boost your Gonzales property’s appeal.
1.Don’t Forget the Details
Interior decorators know very well that a little goes a long way. They know that by adding just a few small touches to a home, you can make such a huge impact. It’s exactly the same for single-family rental homes. Placing new cabinet handles and drawer pulls to a bland kitchen can add both beauty and function. This instantly upgrades tired old cabinets.
Another detail you can improve is the faceplates. These can make a home interior feel a lot more put together. Cracked or mismatched faceplates can affect the feel and visual appeal of a room, really dragging it down. You can make each room in your rental house much more attractive by simply replacing each faceplate with new, matching ones.
2.Changing Hardware and Fixtures
Just as small details like faceplates and cabinet handles can have a big impact, so too can replacing small hardware items (like doorknobs) and light fixtures. After years of use, hardware and light fixtures can tarnish, making them look worn out and old. When this occurs, a rental home’s interior may no longer impress a prospective renter. Instead, it may leave them with a negative impression. But all you have to do to produce a visual appeal far in excess of the costs is to update old light fixtures in key rooms, add a ceiling fan in a bedroom, or add matching doorknobs, locks, and other hardware. You don’t have to spend too much on fancy or expensive hardware and light fixtures. A basic fixture that looks clean and modern would work well.
3.Spot Paint the Walls
Repainting a rental home’s walls is one way to achieve that fresh, clean look that tenants love, but it is also possible to achieve a similar effect by doing small touch-ups. It ultimately depends on the level of wear and tear, but your walls would rarely need a full paint job between every tenant. If you’ve saved paint or paint chips from your last paint job, then you could simply fill in any nail holes or other damaged areas with putty and then paint over the repaired patches. Doing this can make your walls look freshly painted without having to spend too much time or money.
4.Resurface the Countertops
The look of countertops has a great effect on the property’s overall appeal. For a rental home, a beautiful countertop can give a kitchen or bathroom a custom look and an upgraded feel. Fortunately, it is not necessary to install granite or other expensive options to achieve this same result. There are many different countertop resurfacing kits available that can give your old countertops an instant facelift without the designer price tag.
5.Landscape for Free
A rental home’s landscaping is a very important part of a property’s curb appeal. In fact, it may even be the driving factor that convinces a tenant to choose your property over another. A clean, low-maintenance yard is ideal for rental homes, but tenants enjoy trees, flowers, and other beautifying elements as well. To add some low-cost color and green to your rental’s yard, the first thing you should do is to take a look at your local utility or city website. Many cities have programs that give away free trees or other plants to people who want them– property owners included. Also, check your local classifieds– specifically the “Free Stuff” section. In these ads, people would advertise things they no longer need– including shrubs and trees– in hopes that someone would take it off their hands. In this way, you can upgrade your property’s landscaping for no more than the cost of a little elbow grease and a shovel.
Small upgrades can equal big returns in the rental market. It’s one of the easiest ways to stand out. You can upgrade your Gonzales rental property and your ability to attract the kinds of tenants you want with just a little time and a few inexpensive purchases.
Feeling overwhelmed? Try giving Real Property Management Baton Rouge a call. Even if you possess one rental home or several, our aim is to protect and maximize your real estate investment. Our group of skilled Gonzales property managers, bolstered by over 30 years of nationwide experience, is ready to assist rental homeowners to maximize rental income while minimizing expenses and inefficiencies. Contact us online or give us a call at 225-389-6860 today.
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