When it comes to getting a rental property ready to show, most landlords are working with limited budgets. After all, unlike when a home is sold, there’s no large, immediate payoff to be had from making upgrades. The key to maximizing profit margin on a rental property improvements, then, often lies in sticking to high-impact, low-cost projects. With this in mind, here are five things you can do to add easy curb appeal to your property.
Paint the front door. Even if you don’t plan to repaint the entire exterior, giving the door a fresh coat of paint can add an immediate visual pop, especially if you choose a bright color that compliments the rest of the house. You might also consider adding a simple wreath or ornament to the door or the surrounding area.
Upgrade hardware + house numbers. Along with strategic painting, exchanging drab, worn, or dated hardware and house numbers for newer, trendier versions can go a long way toward giving your home an updated appearance. For style beyond what you can find at your local hardware store, consider looking for unique, inexpensive options online.
Wash windows and clean gutters. Sparkly window glass and gutters that are free of debris contribute significantly to the overall impression that a home has been well maintained and will be a clean and comfortable place to live.
Install window boxes. While full-on landscaping can be expensive, and planting large quantities of plants will need regular maintenance isn’t practical for a rental, window boxes can do a lot to add charm. Low maintenance plants that do well in window boxes include sweet potato vine, coleus, salvia, pansies, primroses, geraniums, just to name a few.
Define planting beds with edging. If your home’s planting beds aren’t already defined, adding edging can give your landscaping a refreshingly well-groomed appearance. Inexpensive edging materials include bricks, pavers, concrete curbing, or low fencing. Keep in mind that most edging will need to be durable enough to withstand regular weed-whacking if you don’t want to replace it often.
By Elizabeth Harrington