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Five Inexpensive House Upgrades to Boost Your Carmichael Rental Property’s Appeal

Upgrading a rental house does not need to be super expensive or wearisome. There are a vast number of modestly priced or free styles to take a so-so rental property and boost its appeal to prospective tenants. By adding selected easy touches, swapping out a few hardware or fixtures, and doing a little affordable resurfacing, you can make your single-family rental property one that quality tenants will be prepared and eager to rent. Really, with just five uncomplicated upgrades, you can boost your Carmichael property’s appeal.

Changing Hardware and Fixtures

Replacing small hardware items such as doorknobs and light fixtures is at the top of the list among small upgrades that can have a huge impact. Over time, hardware and light fixtures can tarnish or look dated. When this sadly occurs, a rental home’s interior can leave a negative impression on prospective renters. Conscientiously updating old light fixtures in key rooms, affixing a ceiling fan in a bedroom, or using matching doorknobs, locks, and other hardware can engender visual appeal that is substantially greater than the costs. Hardware and light fixtures don’t need to be fancy or high-priced; even just a simple fixture that looks clean and modern will ordinarily do the trick.

Touching Up the Paint

While repainting a rental home’s interior is one proven way to get that fresh, clean look tenants are happy with, it is possible to create a similar effect by doing small touch-ups. Corresponding to the level of wear and tear, the whole interior may not need a full paint job in-between every tenant. If that is so in your rental property, painting an accent, the trim, or a few walls can fashion the look of freshly painted walls without spending too much time or money.

Resurface the Countertops

The look of a rental home’s countertops can significantly impact the property’s total appeal. Positively more than other features, a superb countertop can lend a kitchen or bathroom a custom look and an upgraded feel. And thankfully, installing granite or other expensive options is not necessary to obtain this same result. There are a lot of countertop resurfacing kits available on the market that can give your old countertops an instant facelift without the designer price tag.

Don’t Forget the Details

Interior decorators are certainly aware that adding selected small touches to a home can make a big difference. Carmichael property managers can follow that example. Putting new cabinet handles and drawer pulls in a bland kitchen can add beauty and function, as well as instant upgrading of otherwise tired old cabinets.

Updated and matching faceplates are other details that can certainly make a home interior feel more attractively put together. Cracked or mismatched faceplates can negatively affect a room’s feel and visual appeal. You can make each room in your rental house more alluring by simply replacing each faceplate with new, matching ones.

In the same vein, call to mind adding selected tech-friendly touches! For relatively little money, you can provide smart updates to your rental home that tenants will love. For example, switch particular regular outlets in key areas to outlets incorporating USB ports. You can even turn a GFCI outlet into a charging hub. Or, choose to get a video doorbell, smart light bulbs or plugs, or a Wi-Fi-enabled garage door. The money you spend on these updates will greatly add value to your property and make it so very easy to attract quality tenants.

Landscape for Free

A rental home’s landscaping is a significant part of the property’s curb appeal and can even be one of the main reasons a tenant chooses your property over another. A clean, low-maintenance yard is perfect for rental homes, but tenants enjoy trees, flowers, and other beautifying elements. To add selected low-cost colors and green to your rental’s yard, carefully check your local utility or city website. Almost all cities give away free trees or other plants to property owners. Likewise, don’t forget to check the “Free Stuff” section of your local classifieds. In these ads, people consistently advertise things they no longer need – among others, shrubs and trees – to anyone willing to come and get them. By doing so, you can successfully upgrade your property’s landscaping for no higher cost than a little elbow grease and a shovel.

In Conclusion

Small upgrades can, without a doubt, equal big returns related to standing out in the rental market. With just a little time and some relatively priced purchases, you can upgrade your Carmichael rental property and your ability to attract and engage the kind of tenants you are looking for.


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