Upgrading a rental house does not need to be extremely expensive or tiring. There are a whole lot of cost-effective or free ways to take a so-so rental property and boost its appeal to prospective tenants. By adding just small thoughtful touches, swapping out lots of hardware or fixtures, and doing a bit of affordable resurfacing, you can make your single-family rental property one that quality tenants will be wanting to rent. In point of fact, with just five very simple upgrades, you can seriously boost your Brandywine property’s appeal.
Changing Hardware and Fixtures
Replacing small hardware items like, for instance, doorknobs and light fixtures are at the top of the list among small upgrades that can have a tremendous 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. Just merely updating old light fixtures in key rooms, installing a ceiling fan in a bedroom, or setting up matching doorknobs, locks, and other hardware can create a visual appeal that is far more substantial than the costs. Hardware and light fixtures don’t need to be fancy or extravagant; a very basic fixture that looks clean and modern will conventionally do the trick.
Touching Up the Paint
While repainting a rental home’s interior is one surefire way to obtain that fresh, clean look tenants delight in, it is possible to garner a similar effect by doing small touch-ups. Based on the level of wear and tear, the whole interior may not need a full paint job in-between every tenant. If it is so in your rental property, painting an accent, the trim, or a few walls can very easily 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 impact the property’s overall appeal. Indeed, probably more than other features, an exquisite countertop can lend a kitchen or bathroom a custom look and an upgraded feel. And happily, installing granite or other expensive options is not necessary to obtain this same result. There are many varied countertop resurfacing kits available that can lend your old countertops an instant facelift without the designer price tag.
Don’t Forget the Details
Interior decorators understand well that adding particular small touches to a home can make a big difference. Brandywine property managers can follow that example. Putting in new cabinet handles and drawer pulls to a bland kitchen can add beauty and function, and swiftly upgrading otherwise tired old cabinets.
Updated and matching faceplates are certainly other details that can make a home interior feel more finely put together. Cracked or mismatched faceplates can negatively affect a room’s feel and visual appeal. You can make each room in your rental house more appealingly charming by just replacing each faceplate with new, matching ones.
Equally, take into consideration adding particular tech-friendly touches! For relatively little money, you can bring about smart updates to your rental home that tenants will adore. For example, switch several regular outlets in key areas to outlets incorporating USB ports. You can even turn a GFCI outlet into a charging hub. Or, seriously think of getting a video doorbell, smart light bulbs or plugs, or a Wi-Fi-enabled garage door. The money you would spend on these updates will effortlessly add value to your property and make it worry-free to attract quality tenants.
Landscape for Free
A rental home’s landscaping is a crucial part of the property’s curb appeal and can even be one of the prominent causes a tenant chooses your property over another. A clean, low-maintenance yard is terrific for rental homes, but tenants enjoy trees, flowers, and other beautifying elements. To add particular low-cost color and green to your rental yard, carefully look at your local utility or city website. Many cities give away free trees or other plants to property owners. Additionally, always remember to check the “Free Stuff” section of your local classifieds. In these ads, people generally advertise things they no longer need – like for instance shrubs and trees – to anyone able to come and get them. By doing so, you can upgrade your property’s landscaping for no higher cost than just a little elbow grease and a shovel.
Small upgrades can undeniably equal big returns about standing out in the rental market. With just a little time and a few cost-effective purchases, you can upgrade your Brandywine rental property and your ability to magnetize the kind of tenants you want to have.
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Originally published on January 17, 2020
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