Most tenants are visual creatures; they’re going to react emotionally to what they see. This is why curb appeal is so important when you’re renting out a Keller investment property. Quick decisions will be made based on how your property looks. Make sure you’re well-positioned to capture and hold the attention of good tenants.
We’re helping you make some cosmetic upgrades with this list of simple and cost-effective things you can do to make your rental home more attractive and increase its rental value.
Paint Your Walls, Trim, and Doors
Fresh paint is the quickest and best way to provide an instant cosmetic upgrade for your Fort Worth rental property. It won’t cost you much, and if you focus on painting entire walls rather than just touching up imperfections, you’ll find you have a home that looks new. Stick with neutral colors when you’re painting interior walls. This doesn’t mean you have to choose a bland off-white shade. You can try a light grey or a taupe. Make your paint stand out with a bright white trim around doors and windows or on the baseboards.
Help exterior doors stand out by painting them popular colors. Rental values will go up when you have an attractive, freshly painted front door that’s free of dust, chips, and cobwebs.
Bring Out the Power Washer
You never really realize how dirty your front walkway or driveway is until you power wash one section and find yourself amazed at the difference. Get the power washer out to blast all the grime and collected dirt and debris from your outside spaces. This will provide an excellent cosmetic upgrade, and while you’re washing everything, consider hitting the house, too. You’ll give your curb appeal new life by eliminating stains and dirt. Remember that the outside of your property is the first thing potential tenants see when they arrive.
Keller Rental Homes Need Good Lighting
Your light fixtures may be outdated. It’s not something that many rental property owners and investors think about, but modern, updated lighting can make a huge difference in how tenants see your property. Look for energy-efficient lights that include minimalist design themes and simple lines. For overhead lights, consider track lighting. It’s easy and inexpensive to take out current fixtures and install new ones.
Well-lit spaces help small rooms look larger. It’s also good to have bright exterior lights so tenants feel safe coming and going when it’s dark. Consider a motion light on the side of the property or on any outbuildings, such as garages.
Consider New Appliances
If you’ve been called to repair an appliance more than once, you might want to replace it rather than repairing it again. Those slow leaks in a dishwasher or lack of ice in a freezer may indicate that your appliances need an upgrade. Energy-efficient models are more popular than ever. They’ll save your tenants money on utility costs, which will give them a good reason to stay in the property longer. For the right cosmetic appeal, make sure all the appliances match. You don’t have to install stainless steel models, but you don’t want a white refrigerator and a black stove.
These easy cosmetic upgrades will save you from frequent repairs. They’ll also make your property more attractive and welcoming. If you’d like to learn more about how to increase the value of your Keller rental home, please contact us at Trend Property & Management. We manage long-term residential leases and short-term vacation homes in Fort Worth, Keller, Saginaw, Hurst, and the surrounding areas.