First impressions are very important when it comes to rental homes, as well as other things. Curb appeal drastically affects whether or not potential renters will want to rent or not. If you as the owner of the home can look at the property and find something on the outside that would stop you from wanting to live there, then it’s time to make some serious changes to the property’s curb appeal. Here are a few ways you can help add to your properties curb appeal and create a greater draw for potential tenants to want to rent the home.
Update the Front Door and Exterior Lights
Updating the front door can boost your property’s curb appeal almost instantly. Over the years under the influence of the elements, the paint currently embedded on your front door can begin to chip and become worn, giving the impression of a poorly maintained property. This is definitely not the impression you want to give. To change this, all you need to do is give it a fresh new coat of paint and the results will be amusing. If you are unsure of how the front door might affect potential tenants, ask yourself these questions:
- Is the door painted an attractive, modern color that goes well with the rest of the home?
- Is the door hardware up-to-date and in good condition?
- Is the door free of damage and/or chipped paint?
If you answered “no” to any of these questions, then we would highly consider you think about updating the front door to add some extra curb appeal and let your tenants know you care about maintaining the look of the property.
Updating the exterior lights is another easy project that can add great curb appeal. You can choose to either install new ones, or you can opt for spray painting what’s already there to give a cleaner look and help match it better to the newly painted door. Simply, remove the glass inserts and the lightbulb, tape some newspaper on the wall around it, and spray paint it!
In the night time, check all lights to make sure they give off proper brightness. If necessary, replace the bulbs with stronger ones. Proper lighting will not only boost your curb appeal, but it will also improve your property security.
Maintain the Lawn and Surrounding Areas
It isn’t enough to just be mowing your property’s lawn every once in a while, you need to make sure you are watering it regularly and removing any weeds that might have started growing. Doing this will not only help make the property appealing to potential tenants, but it will also leave a good impression to anyone who might be driving by. An unkempt lawn could scare off top-quality tenants before they even set foot into the home.
It is also important to cut down, trim, and maintain any shrubbery that may be at the property. Overgrown plants can become susceptible to disease and pests and can make your property look neglected. To avoid having these issues arise, find out what type of care the plants already planted require and make sure to keep with the maintenance.
If the property doesn’t currently possess any plants or shrubbery in the yard, or maybe what it already has requires too much unnecessary maintenance, consider either plants some, or replacing what’s already there. It’s not worth the hassle to keep maintaining plants and shrubbery that no one wants to take care of. However, having those plants makes a huge impact on the overall appeal of the home. So try choosing things that require little to no maintenance so you can have a better chance of the home appeal looking pristine longer. Here’s a list of a few different plants you could consider:
- Incredible Hydrangea
Spruce Up The Garage
Bringing attention to the garage is something that usually gets lost and forgotten when it comes to getting ready for a new tenant move-in. Even if the previous owner didn’t own a car, tenants tend to use the garage space for storage. Storage spaces tend to get quite messy and dirty over time. With no attention paid to the garage, odors and stains can definitely become prevalent and could possibly scare off some tenants. Giving it a good sweep, pressure washing the surface, and if necessary, re-painting the floor with durable floor paint, can give a great new look to the garage and help with the appeal. Investing in a new garage door requires a bit of an investment but can also have the ability to transform a home’s entire curb appeal. Finding the right garage door can not only boost the property’s curb appeal, but it can also add some great value to the home.
Educate Your Tenants
Educating your tenants might just be the most important part of keeping up with the appeal of your rental property. Most tenants don’t care to do their part to keep the property looking nice so it’s important to set expectations and provide follow-ups to be able to help with the overall look of the home. Doing all the little things for the home will make all the difference. It will help potential tenants know you care about the way the exterior of the home looks and will provide a greater chance for them to want to rent.For more tips on how to better keep your rental properties curb appeal up, contact Keyrenter Chicago North today!