Your rental property could be in the perfect neighborhood, priced just right and even boast some of the best amenities once inside, but could still sit vacant for too long for one very important reason – lack of curb appeal.
Put yourself in the mindset of a potential tenant for a moment or even a real estate agent working to find the right place for their client. What are they seeing as they drive by your property? Even the nicest neighborhoods cannot make up for a house that is lacking in looks from the outside.
Fortunately, there a few relatively easy things you can do to spruce up the look of your rental property and give it a bit more curb appeal. Here are just a few suggestions:
The landscape of a home speaks volumes about how well it is taken care of. If a prospective tenant pulls up to see your property and is greeted with a less than desirable front yard landscaping, it can be an instant turn-off. Be sure to pick up an loose trash and debris that may be found in the yard. Keep the lawn mowed, the trees trimmed and some fresh flowers planted.
- Clean Up Walkways
Make sure your walkways are clear of debris and dirt when you are expecting someone to come by for a look at your rental property. You may even want to rent or borrow a pressure washer to remove stains from the walkway. Stone or brick-lined walkways should be well maintained and cared for. These small details can make a big difference.
- Matching Trim
Your home will look much more inviting and well cared for when the color of the outdoor trim, windows and doors match. This gives a more uniform look and is much more appealing than trim and windows that are several different colors.
- Properly Working Lighting
Every once in a while, your potential tenant won’t be able to make it to see your property until after the sun goes down. In that situation, you will want to make sure that all outdoor lights are working well. Dim, flickering or burned out lights can have a negative impact on the look of your home.
- Fresh Paint
This isn’t necessarily the simplest or cheapest fix, but it can be well worth it. A fresh coat of paint can completely transform the look and feel of your property. You can attempt to do this on your own, or turn to a professional to make sure it’s done right.
RPM East Valley has been successfully managing properties in the Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Scottsdale and surrounding areas for many years now and we are always willing to share best practices. Please give us a call if you have any questions at 480-719-1243.