Ways to Add Curb Appeal to Your Rental Property
Prospective tenants looking for a rental home can decide whether to park and look at a property, or drive on by, based solely on exterior appearance. If you are a landlord looking to attract tenants, consider ways to add curb appeal to your rental property.
Enhance Doors and Windows
A new coat of paint on the front door and window trim makes a house look fresh. Adding or replacing shutters and window boxes also makes the home look more welcoming. Refresh the garage door as well—a garage that looks like an afterthought instead of the valuable amenity it is can put off an otherwise enthusiastic prospective tenant.
Add Decorative Lighting
A serious tenant will come back to see how the home looks at sunset and after nightfall. Decorative yet functional lighting along paths and in entryways is a reassuring sign that the property owner cares about both the beauty and the safety of their property.
Upgrade Small Details
Sometimes, the least expensive upgrades make the best impression. Replace an old mailbox, add a hi-tech video doorbell (not as expensive as you may think), and get some new house numbers that really announce the place. Renters will notice a house that has a touch of personality in the smaller details. These won’t overwhelm the style of the house but will subtly highlight a home’s charm.
Spruce up Landscaping
Mowing the lawn and trimming the hedges is a given, but you can also add planters along paths, on patios, and by the front door, if there is enough space. A good mix of evergreens for year-round appeal, perennials for staying power, and annuals for a pop of summer color will encourage potential tenants to pull over instead of driving by.
Pressure Wash Hardscapes and Siding
Driveways, walkways, patios, and some kinds of siding can benefit from the occasional pressure wash. These machines blast a stream of water under high pressure that acts as a kind of liquid sandpaper, removing algae, mildew, and dirt. Be careful if you rent one, however, because a misdirected pressure washer can break a window or even a bone.
Enlist the help of a knowledgeable property management company to find landscapers and repair contractors to keep the property looking its best. Excalibur Homes is your Atlanta rental home management expert. We can help with ways to improve your rental property’s curb appeal as well as screening tenants, collecting rent, and managing maintenance and repairs.