Increasing The Curb Appeal Of Your Rental Property To Entice Tenants
If you own a rental home, and it is currently in between tenants, you will most likely want to have someone move in so you can start collecting payments for their stay. To help speed along the process, there are several steps you can take to make the property inviting. Here are a few ways you will draw the attention of those passing by in an attempt to get your property rented quickly.
Enhance The Exterior
A home with a grungy appearance will not be looked at favorably. Fill a bucket with soapy water and wash the exterior of the home to remove any caked on dirt that may have accumulated during a prior tenant's stay. Wrap an old towel around a broom and hold it into place with duct tape. Dip it in your bucket and use it to wipe down wood or siding. Use a pressure washer or hose to remove the soap afterward.
If you have any areas with mildew or mold growing, wipe down with bleach to help kill spores so they do not continue to grow on the surface. Touch up paint if there are areas looking faded. Repaint the trim in a contrasting color to draw attention away from a home in need of a full paint job if you are not able to tend to it immediately.
Shine Up Windows
The windows of a home are one area that are noticed if they are not kept in pristine shape. A grimy window will make people think the interior of the home is unkempt. Get on a ladder and wipe down windows with a vinegar and water solution. Use a piece of lint-free cloth to dry each pane, leaving a streak free surface. Make sure to follow with a cleaning of the interior of the panes so the glass has a crystal clear appearance from the road. If your time is limited, skip the windows in the back of the home and tend to the ones in the front as well as any facing a road where people drive past.
Spruce Up Landscaping
The way your landscape appears will have an impact on whether someone will want to rent the property as well. Make sure the grass is kept trim and remove any weeds. If you have a small yard, draw the eyes toward the home by placing some potted plants on the front steps or porch. Add wind chimes or a flag for an extra appreciative touch. If the home is small, draw the eyes to the yard by placing a hammock, fire pit, or decorative lawn furniture in an area that can be viewed from the street.
For professional help, contact a rental property cleaning service.