Making upgrades to a rental house need not be expensive or difficult. Actually, there are multiple ways that are inexpensive or free to make a so-so rental property look a lot better to prospective tenants. By doing a little low-cost resurfacing, and by swapping out some hardware or fixtures, you can improve your single-family rental property. By doing these simple touches, your rental home could be one that quality tenants will be eager to rent. In fact, with just these five simple upgrades, you can significantly boost your Arcata property’s appeal.
1.Don’t Forget the Details
Interior decorators have long since known that by adding just a few small touches to a home, you can make a world of difference. The same thing applies to single-family rental homes. Installing new cabinet handles and drawer pulls to a bland kitchen can add both beauty and function, immediately upgrading otherwise tired old cabinets.
Another thing that can help make a home interior feel more put together are faceplates. Cracked or mismatched faceplates can really affect the feel and visual appeal of a room, dragging it down significantly. 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. Over a period of time, hardware and light fixtures can tarnish and start to look old and worn. 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 is update old light fixtures in key rooms, add a ceiling fan in a bedroom, or add matching doorknobs, locks, and other hardware, and you will produce a visual appeal far in excess of the costs. Hardware and light fixtures need not be expensive or ornate. A basic fixture that has a clean and modern look will do just fine.
3.Spot Paint the Walls
Repainting a rental home’s walls is one way to achieve that fresh, clean look tenants love, but it is possible to achieve a similar effect by doing small touch-ups as well. It really boils down to the amount of wear and tears your walls have endured, but it is quite unlikely that you’d 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 countertops do significantly impact the overall appeal of a property. A beautiful countertop can do wonders for the appeal of a rental home– it can give the kitchen or bathroom a custom look and give it 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 crucial part of the property’s curb appeal. It can even be the convincing factor that makes a tenant 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, one of the things you should do is to check your local utility or city website. Many cities have environmentally-conscious programs where they give away free trees or other plants to property owners. Also, remember to check the “Free Stuff” section of your local classifieds. 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.
When we’re talking about standing out in the rental market, then small upgrades definitely can equal big returns. With a bit of time and some low-priced acquisitions, you can upgrade your Arcata rental property and your potential to draw in the types of tenants you desire.
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