Make Your Rental Property Stand Out From The Crowd

Posted on 17. May, 2011 by in General

In a challenging rental and real estate market, landlords and property managers can’t afford a poor showing. More and more property managers are spending a little time and effort to stage their rental so that it shows well to potential tenants. As the saying goes, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression”. 

I know from experience that many renters or buyers will not even get out of the car to look at a property if it’s a mess from the front with zero curb appeal. 

Spending an afternoon painting some trim, mowing and raking the lawn, and investing in some flowers or other plants can build positive curb appeal.

Make sure the unit is well cleaned and sparkling – that includes floors, bathroom, windows, kitchen and appliances. You are also going to want to make sure that your entrance way is well lit and nicely painted. Replace all burned out bulbs and use throw rugs and welcome mats to help cut down on the amount of dirt that can be tracked into the home.

Use neutral paint colors; avoid white if possible as it is too cold. You want your home to feel warm and welcoming and a modern, neutral palette of color will achieve this.  Avoid flat paint. It is very hard to clean; looks dull, and over time will show more wear and tear on your walls.

 Add some inexpensive splashes of color throughout the house using items such as  towels and soap in the kitchen and baths and use candles to help keep the house smelling clean and fresh. You can also add splashes of color with house plants and/or flowers. If there is any furniture in the home, make sure that it clean and that it is covered with decent throws or tablecloths if the surfaces are not in great shape. You may also want to invest in new blinds or curtains periodically as they tend to show signs wear and tear after a couple of years.

I know it sounds like a lot of work, but vacancy is your number 1 enemy – do all you can to avoid it!

To your investing success,

Richard & Jane 

Stay tuned as later this week, I am going to discuss inexpensive but powerful ways to spruce up your rental property.

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