Turning a home into a rental property is exciting. As property management specialists, we help countless clients and property owners turn their homes into rentals, and give them the tools they need to put their home in the best position for success. One of the first steps in property management is to boost your home’s curb appeal. You want to grab attention and keep it, and position your home as the choice for prospective tenants. After all, a renter will make a split-second decision as to whether or not they’ll rent that property – and you want them to say “Yes”. Here are three simple steps you can take to make your home more appealing before it hits the market. Pressure Wash the Entire Home Consider pressure washing your home. This may seem like a chore, but it pays off. Pressure washing is great because it removes grime, dirt, mold, and other unsightly stuff that has built up on the outside of your home and gives it a clean look. You can pre-treat the outside of your home with a mixture of bleach and water, then pressure wash the exterior. You can definitely tell a difference, and so can your prospective tenants. Landscape the Exterior You can also pump up your home’s curb appeal with appropriate landscaping. You don’t have to go all out; start with the basics. Make sure the lawn is manicured, all gardens are weeded, and planted areas are neat. Then, try to incorporate some color into your yard. Flowers work great to provide pops of color throughout, color that adds a certain zest to your property. If you go the color route, use a dark mulch to contrast with the colors of the flowers and create a well-manicured look. Paint Your Doors and Shutters Finally, while it might sound strange, strategically painting your doors and shutters can go a long way in creating a great look. Try to use bold colors, colors that stand out and demand attention. Make sure they work well with your home’s exterior color and the color of your roof. The door, after all, is one of the first things a person notices about a home, so if you can create a favorable impression here, you can go a long way to making the entire home look better. For more property management advice, feel free to contact us; we’ll be more than happy to help.
Matthew is the CEO of Evernest. He is a student of the book Good to Great and is passionate about building the best property management company on the planet (and maybe even the universe if Elon Musk will hurry up). You can usually find Matthew at the baseball field with his son, at a dance recital with his daughter, or at his favorite restaurant with his wife, when he’s not in the office. And if you can’t find him in any of those places, it probably means he’s traveling.