It’s no secret that when renters look for a home, they’re not just looking for a slapdash roof over their heads. Psychologically, a beautiful residence boosts the mood and helps home dwellers feel more comfortable. If you’re looking to attract applicants, start with the exterior! To help you get started, read on to learn how landlords can increase their property’s curb appeal.
Brighten up the Siding
The siding of a home is the material placed on the exterior to decorate and protect exposed walls, and it is typically made of stone, brick, wood, or stucco. Brightening up these walls doesn’t mean you have to repaint and replace everything.
Although that’s an option, it’s an expensive one and may not be the best investment. Instead, consider pressure washing dirt and water stains to make the outside look brand new. You can also repaint just the spots that have faded or chipped instead of a total repainting.
Maintain the Landscape
While you don’t need an extravagant garden to attract tenants, a maintained lawn is an attractive lawn. Even if it isn’t bursting with flowers, trees, and shrubs, if you do have some extra greenery, make sure it’s trimmed and healthy.
Also, consider removing dead plants that you can’t save. Make sure there are no precariously located trees or tree branches that could cause damage to the property during storms. There’s also no harm in pressure washing the driveway and walkways to help the home look even more inviting.
Add Exterior Lights
Outdoor lighting on rental homes is important for quite a few reasons, but in this case, exterior lights serve the ever-important purpose of showing off your property! Without exterior lights, potential tenants can’t see how beautiful the walkways, landscaping, and exterior really are at night. Exterior lighting also adds an air of luxury and shows tenants that you have an eye for detail.
Make the Front Door Pop
What better way to draw the eye than a clean, vibrant front door? Give the front door of your rental property a good clean and decorate it with a non-seasonal welcome sign or wreath. And if you have a more neutral-toned property, painting the front door a vibrant color will really make it pop.
Now that you know how landlords can increase their property’s curb appeal, what’s stopping you from giving your rental an update and raking in the applications?