When you are in the process of trying to rent out a home, first impressions matter! Renters’ first impression will always be based on the outside of the home because it is what they see first. So it’s important your rental property has great curb appeal! But the question is, how can you maintain great curb appeal without having to spend lots of money and leave your tenants with a bunch of maintenance upkeep? We’ve got the answers for you! It’s time to make the best changes that will be cost-effective and create the biggest impact on contributing to potential renter’s first impressions!
Update the Front Door and Exterior Lights
The front door can add an appealing pop of color to the property and boost your property’s curb appeal almost instantly. Over the years, under the influence of the elements, paint tends to get worn and chipped, giving the impression of a poorly maintained property. This is definitely not the impression you want to give to potential tenants. To change this, all you need to do is give it a fresh coat of paint and the results will be amusing! If you aren’t sure of how your front door might affect potential tenants of the property, 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 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 evening, 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 Area
It isn’t enough to mow your property’s lawn every once in a while, you also need to make sure you water it regularly and take out any weeds that might be growing. Doing this will not only help make the property more appealing to potential tenants, but it will also leave a good impression on anyone who may drive by. Unkempt lawn could scare off top-quality tenants before they even set foot into the home.
If the property has bushes, shrubs, or any other plants growing in the front yard, it’s important to keep these tamed. Overgrown plants can become susceptible to disease and pests and can make your property look neglected. To avoid having plant overgrowth problems, follow these steps:
- For most bushes, you’ll want to prune back overgrown sections in the late winter or early spring. Pruning them in the late spring or early summer can cause damage to any new growth. However, the plant might need attention more than just these times as it might have fast growth causing it to look overgrown quicker.
- When pruning, always use a sharp, high-quality pair of clippers or gardening shears.
- When you cut a branch, make the cut at its’ base
Some plants benefit from certain pruning techniques, so it might be important to do your research and find out exactly what kind of maintenance the plants on your property require.
Spruce up the Garage
Bringing attention to the garage is something that usually gets forgotten when getting ready for a new tenant. 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. So, give it a good sweep and a pressure wash, and if necessary, re-paint the floor with durable floor paint. Doing this will give your garage an instant makeover.
Keep Trash off the Property
Not only does debris on your property look unattractive, but it also promotes disease on your lawn. Land litter can cause your lawn to go unhealthy and have a harder time growing and coming back from bad weather conditions, weeds, infestations of insects and disease, etc. When your lawn suffers from any of these, it could potentially suffer from diminished root systems and cause long-term growing problems. To better maintain debris and trash build-up, remove all sticks, weeds, leaves, and trash to help promote a healthier lawn and make your tenants happy.
Planting a few plants in the front yard can make a huge difference and create great appeal to the property. However, make sure you don’t overplant. You don’t want to leave your tenants with lots of yard maintenance work as they most likely won’t do it and it will turn bad in the end. But planting a few trees and maintenance-less plants can definitely do the job! Some different plants you might consider planting may include:
- Smoke Tree
- Hawthorn Tree
- Thornless Honeylocust
- Palm Tree
- Denver Daisy
- Fountain Grass
- Coral Bells
Whatever you choose to plant, make sure there is little maintenance required because chances are, your tenants won’t care to maintain them. So don’t spend a lot of time and money trying to get the front yard looking pristine. Doing the little things will make a difference and help potential tenants know you care about the way the exterior of the property looks. For more tips on how to better keep your rental properties curb appeal up, contact Keyrenter South Florida today!