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If your rental properties make a great first impression then potential residents will want to see what’s on the inside. This article will focus on rental properties with five units or less, and is especially applicable for single family homes.
1. Beautify The Path
Start by beautifying the path to the front door. If you look at your rental property from across the street, you’ll see what I’m writing about. Let your eyes “walk the path” from the beginning of your property to the front door. Now use your creativity. Some attractive stepping-stones or “pavers” may look so much better than the old, cracked concrete walkway that leads to the front door. Planting a few ornamental trees or bushes on either side of the walkway will help aesthetically too.
2. A Better Front Door
The next idea is to make sure the front door is attractively painted and that you place two attractive light fixtures on either side of the door. This will give it some symmetry and add a dimension of both quality and safety. Remember, people also look for rentals at sunset and at night. Having good lighting around the front door can make a positive, visual difference.
Your home’s front entry is the focal point of its curb appeal. Make a statement by giving your front door a clean look. If you’re not going to paint it or stain it, at least clean off any dirty spots around the knob, and use metal polish on the door fixtures. This is a great way to set yourself apart from the competition.
3. Upgrade the Entry
Your entry should also reflect the home’s interior, so choose a shiny door knocker or a wreath that reflects your good taste. Throw in a qualitative “welcome home” doormat for good measure.
New house numbers, a new entry door lockset, a wall-mounted mailbox, and an overhead light fixture are all elements that also add style and interest to your rental home.
4. Freshen Up the Trim
How about the trim on the front of the house and around the windows? You’ll be amazed at how some new wood trim or freshly painted trim will make your rental home stand out. It will also give the front of the house an extra depth and dimension.
5. Add Some Plants
Last but not least, do a “container garden” on the front porch or on either side of the front door. Container gardens add a welcoming feel and colorful appeal to any home exterior — quickly and affordably. You can buy ready-made containers from garden centers or create your own by choosing your favorite plants.
You can also install some flower boxes and some new screens on the street-side windows. This can add that touch of charm and coziness that helps insure a good first impression and instant curb appeal.
These touches convey a sense of pride that many former homeowners who are now forced to rent still would like to feel. Former homeowners want to be proud to have visitors, and they want the place where they live to convey that “homey” feeling from the moment someone drives up.
So there you have five inexpensive, simple ideas for making your rental property a little more irresistible. As with all aspects of property management, a little extra care and thoughtfulness can go a long way to pleasing both owners and residents.