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Low Maintenance Decorating Solutions for Your Rental Property

Deciding how to decorate your rental property can be difficult. You want it to appeal to a large number of people, but you don’t want it to be trendy. You want it to look upgraded, but you don’t want it to be expensive or high maintenance. And you want it to last so that it will increase the value of your property over time.

Sound impossible? Thankfully, it’s not! We’ve rounded up a few examples of decorating options that will make your property more visually appealing while keeping it low maintenance. Take a look and get ready for some great looking upgrades!

Tile backsplash

Tile is very easy to keep clean, and very durable. It’s also fairly easy to install, and a lot of it is pretty inexpensive as well. This means that a nice tile backsplash is the perfect decorating solution for your kitchen and/or bathroom. One nice thing about this option is that it is a good way to add a little color or texture to an otherwise blank space. Of course, since you want your rental property to have wide appeal, you probably want to keep it fairly neutral; however, you can still have a little fun with it and get something that looks great and is easy in terms of upkeep.

(Not flat) paint

Paint is a really great way to change up a room, and a nice coat of paint will make your home attractive to a wide array of potential tenants. We do have a little advice to go along with this. First of all, don’t use flat paint. Flat paint will show every scuff and scratch, which makes maintenance a little more difficult. Also, use the same neutral color throughout the house. You might think this is boring from a decorating standpoint, but it will actually tie the house together really well and create a “blank canvas” effect that will allow potential tenants to envision the house as their own.

Upgraded light fixtures

Light fixtures can sometimes blend into the background in a home—but not if you make them the focal point of the room! Chandeliers and pendants can make a big statement, and you can find some that hit just the right sweet spot of classic and stylish. You can also count on this being an affordable designing upgrade; most lighting fixtures are not too expensive, and they will last for a long time in your home. That means that as long as you choose the right ones, you’ll get a lot of bang for your buck. Find some that fit the style and coloring of your home. If you know someone with an eye for design, ask for their help with picking out a few fixtures that won’t go out of style for several years.

All of these decoration solutions are low maintenance ways to “decorate” your rental property in a way that is appealing to tenants. It doesn’t have to be complicated to give your property a fresh feel and a put-together look!

For more help attracting and keeping great tenants, use a property management company like Real Property Management. We have years of experience helping property owners fill and maintain their properties with no hassle or headaches. Contact us today and let us help you make sure that your rental property is the financial success you’ve dreamed of!

3 Inexpensive Ways to Attract New Tenants

Attracting new tenants is really the “name of the game” when it comes to making your rental property a profitable endeavor. Vacancies get very expensive very quickly, and keeping your property full is the only way you will ever make money on it.

It is definitely true that sometimes, you have to spend money to earn it; however, we’ve found that there are also very inexpensive ways to attract tenants to your property and fill it faster. Here are just three examples of inexpensive things you can do to end vacancies at your property.

Use Social Media

Social media has a wide reach and makes your property visible and accessible to potential renters. An everyday post is free, of course, but if you are serious about getting your property filled quickly, you can also purchase sponsored posts that will make sure your post is seen by those most likely to view and visit your listing. You can also use social media to your advantage by getting your friends to spread the word about your property—a simple “share” or “retweet” is really all it takes to double the reach of your listing!

Small Touches During Showings

A great smelling candle, fresh flowers, recently cleaned carpets, natural lighting—these are all things that will make your property itself more appealing when a potential tenant views your property. They are relatively inexpensive updates and will make the house inviting and welcoming.

Hold an Open House

An open house may seem kind of old school, but it is actually a very efficient way to show your property to a large number of people all at once, and there are a few benefits to it. For one thing, you’ll spend less time scheduling showings, since you’ll only need to be there for a few hours on whatever day you choose. You’ll also have the chance to make a good impression on your potential renters—offer snacks and water, be present and personable, and of course, have the house looking its best. This is also a good way to make sure other homeowners in the neighborhood know that your property is for rent—which means that they can tell their friends about family about it, too. Overall, it’s a good, simple, and cheap way to increase visibility on your property.

These inexpensive ideas can really help you fill your rental property faster. Another idea? Hire a trustworthy, experienced property management company, like Real Property Management. We make it easy for property owners to fill their properties and keep them filled, meaning less vacancy time for you. We also make property management easy for you, by handling things like rent collection, maintenance scheduling, and making sure your property is doing what it’s supposed to do for you: making a profit!

Contact Real Property Management today and let us show you the difference a quality property management company can make.

What to Do About a Bad Tenant

It’s definitely a relief to find a tenant for your rental property. You think you’ve finally found a steady tenant who will pay their rent on time, take good care of the house, and be open and honest with you about any problems that might arise.

Yeah, that’s the dream—but it doesn’t always turn out that way. Sometimes, you end up with a tenant who, for whatever reason, is making your life harder instead of easier. You can try to prevent it, with credit screenings and background checks and the like, but chances are, you’ll end up with a bad tenant sooner or later.

But the real question is: what to do about it? It can be awkward and difficult to have to deal with a bad tenant. Here are some tips that will hopefully make it easier, for everyone involved.


Obviously, you need to have open communication with your tenants, right from the beginning. (In fact, a potential tenant who does not communicate well may be a red flag to watch for before the lease is signed.) Make sure your tenant knows how to reach you, and make sure you know the best way to reach them. Ideally, in fact, you’ll have several ways to reach them (phone and email, for example), so that you can be sure to find them as soon as possible.

Having this open communication will give you a good first step if your tenant starts to worry you. You can start by having a good, open conversation with them about your concerns, and hopefully any problems can be rectified quickly.

Less obvious, however, is the need to communicate with neighbors. The people who live around your property will be able to regularly observe the goings-on at the house, and can keep you informed about things like late-night parties, HOA code violations, and other things you should know about before they become major problems. In short: make friends with your neighbors!

Stick To The Lease

Make sure that your lease is clear and indisputable. Hire a lawyer or property management company to help you make sure that your lease covers all the important aspects of renting out your property. From there, enforce the lease with your tenant. Charge the late fee if they are late paying rent; make them pay for any maintenance not covered by the lease; make sure rules about pets or smoking are followed exactly. This will set a good precedent with your tenant that you will stick to the lease, no matter what. That way, if the relationship with the tenant turns sour, they will not be surprised when you stick to the terms the lease sets forth.

Use a Property Management Company

This is undoubtedly the easiest way to deal with a bad tenant…because it puts it in the hands of someone else! Using a property management company keeps things from getting personal and helps you to feel confident in your property’s status, at all times. Not only will such companies help you avoid renting to bad tenants in the first place, but they can also help with things like collecting rent, and, in extreme cases, evictions. These companies have experience and know-how when it comes to bad tenants, so why not save yourself the hassle and let them handle it instead?

Having a bad tenant is a situation that no property owner wants to be in, but unfortunately, it is sometimes the reality. By having open communication and sticking to the terms of the lease, you can try to resolve problems with bad tenants on your own. Better yet, you can use a property management company, like Real Property Management, to handle your bad tenants for you.

Real Property Management can help you make sure that your investment property is profitable, while freeing up your time to focus on other areas of your life. Contact Real Property Management today and see what we can do for you!

Making the Rental Process Easy for New Tenants

Finding a new tenant for your rental property is no easy task. It requires a lot of time and effort put into marketing and showing your property, and without a property management company on your side, the whole thing can get pretty overwhelming. Of course, it’s not exactly easy for the potential renters who are looking for a new home, either. They spend a lot of time researching properties, scheduling showings, and visiting various houses trying to find their next home.

As a property owner, you have the opportunity, right from the beginning, to make the rental process as easy as possible for your potential renters. This will give you an edge as they try to make their decision about which property to sign the lease for. You get an easier sale, and they’re happy with you right from the start—it’s a win-win!

Here are some quick tips for making the selection process as easy as possible for potential renters.

Give thorough descriptions. In your listing, be thorough in your description of size and condition of the property. Answer common questions, including those about pets, availability, and other conditions specific to your property.

Post a lot of pictures. Potential renters want to know what they are getting into before they schedule a showing of a property. Take a lot of pictures and include them in your listing. This will help those viewing your listing to get a good feel for the property, which will ensure that no one’s time is wasted by a showing that has no chance of ending in a sale.

Respond promptly. Good communication from the beginning will show your tenant that you would be easy to get a hold of in an emergency. If you’re unable to be readily available for your potential tenants, consider hiring a property management company to help manage your property and keep the lines of communication open.

Offer options. Whether it’s accepting multiple payment methods or allowing them to have the property painted, consider allowing your tenants a little freedom. This will make their decision a little easier as they won’t feel “trapped” by any stipulations they aren’t happy with.

Clean up. A spotless property will not only be more attractive to searching renters, it will also make their lives easier, since they won’t have to do any deep cleaning themselves before moving in.

Give them all necessary information. Utilities, mail, how to get into the attic, how to work the thermostat—these things might seem obvious to you, but they are new to your new tenants. Make sure they have all the information they need to live comfortably in your property.

Making the rental process easy for new tenants may require a little forethought on your part, but it will pay off in the end. Renters will be more likely to view your property and move forward with renting if they realize that the process isn’t going to add to their moving headache.

For more tips on finding and keeping renters, contact Real Property Management at 480-719-1243. We can help you make the most of your investment property!

Which Rooms to Focus on When Showing Your Rental Home

Showing your rental home to show to potential tenants is extremely important. This is your opportunity to highlight the best features of the property, and to downplay some of its faults. Of course, showing your property is a big job, and prepping for a showing or open house can be stressful and time consuming.

With all this in mind, we’ve come up with the three areas of your property you should focus on when showing your house to a potential renter. By keeping these areas clean, well-lit, and nicely decorated (if applicable), you will be much more likely to secure a good renter in your home.

The kitchen

This is by far the most important room in the house. The kitchen is the room that is most likely to hook a potential tenant — or scare them away. When showing the kitchen, make sure that it is spotless. Open the window coverings to let natural light into the room. If possible, open the windows themselves, to bring fresh air in as well. Point out the storage in the kitchen — cabinets, pantry, and shelving, as well as any special features, like the age and condition of the appliances. If the kitchen is short on storage, consider finding a way to add some, whether it’s through open shelving or adding more cabinets. Good kitchen storage is a huge perk that will not be overlooked by potential renters.

The master bathroom

A nice, clean, bright master bathroom can add a feel of luxury to a home. Make sure this room is very clean, including polished water and light fixtures. If there is a window, open the blinds or shades to allow light in. If not, use bright (daylight) light bulbs to give a vibrant look to the space. Again, highlight the storage. Replace any broken fixtures or tiles, and make sure all the plumbing is working properly. As a bonus, light a candle or heat up a scented wax warmer in the room to add a fresh smell.

The family room or great room

This is where your potential renter will probably be spending a lot of time, so help them to envision furniture placement or decor in the room. If you are renting the property furnished, make sure the furniture is stylish and arranged to maximize space. Consider adding live plants to your decor, as they will create a fresh, homey feel. Open window coverings to bring light in. Dust thoroughly (even in the ceiling corners), and vacuum well.

By focusing your energy on these three spaces when showing your rental property, you will be putting your time and energy to good use as you prepare your house for its new tenants. Want more help renting out your property? Rely on the experience and expertise of Real Property Management. Contact us at 480-719-1243, or fill out our online form, to see how we can help you turn your investment property into a successful business venture.