Rental properties are an excellent source of passive income; however, there is one dilemma - you must find a renter. For many property owners, this is sometimes a challenge.
Did you know there are several practical, yet effective, steps you can take to make your home stand out from the competition? Learn what things you can do to make your home more attractive to renters.
1. Clean the Carpets
Tenants want to move into properties where they feel comfortable. A house with stains on the carpet doesn't fit into this category, as it makes the home look dirty and unkempt. Before placing your home on the market, rent a carpet cleaner first.
In addition to removing unsightly stains, carpet cleaning is an excellent way to remove odors from the carpet, which will improve the way the entire property smells. If a tenant walks into a house and is met with an unpleasant smell, you can all but guarantee that they won't rent the property.
Freshen and brighten the property with carpet cleaning. If you or the previous renter had pets, it's imperative that you clean the carpets before showing the property.
2. Erase Your Personality
If you've been living in the property, as painful as it might be, it's time to erase your personality. The yellow accent wall in the dining room and the pink cabinets in the bathroom matched your home's décor style and personality perfectly; however, it's important to remember that you aren't designing a space for yourself anymore.
If you don't plan to allow renters to paint, or even if you do, if the renter can't see past these colors, this could be a major turnoff. Repaint the home in more neutral tones like beige or grey to appeal to more people. Even if you decide to sell the property in the future, these updates will make the property more attractive.
3. Pressure Wash the Driveway
Pressure washing is an excellent way to improve the look of a concrete driveway, and best of all, it's far cheaper than replacing the driveway. Pressure washing can remove stains and discoloration caused by car fluids and other elements. Pressure washing will also erase years of wear from the driveway, and make it appear newer.
Just make sure your driveway is crack-free and in overall good condition. The high power of a pressure washer can cause already fragile pieces of concrete to break further, which will only expand the crack and the level of damage to the surface.
If the concrete is damaged, you need to have it repaired or replaced, as this step will improve the look of the driveway and increase the value of the property.
4. Enhance the Landscaping Design
When it comes to curb appeal, it's not just crucial for home buyers. Renters also care about the way a home looks from the outside. Just like homeowners, renters care about what they see when they pull up to the property each day and how other people view the home they live in. If you've neglected maintenance around the property, now is a great time to shift your focus.
Start by improving the look of the lawn, such as getting rid of any dead spots or reseeding the area. Next, plant a small flower bed or shrubs to add color and dimension. You might even add some hardscaping, such as a paved walkway. As an added tip, try to match the design of the landscape with the design of your home for a more cohesive look.
From carpet cleaning to landscaping projects, at Hudson Rentals, we have the equipment you need to help you get your rental property tenant-ready.