Improvements: Little things that make a big difference

When the budget to refurbish your rental property is modest, look for small, reasonable projects to improve your condo's appeal. We’ve collected some easy, lower-price ways to make it look like you’ve spent a lot of money to keep your unit looking good.

Look at it with strangers’ eyes -  For true perspective, walk through the door and see your rental home as if it were brand new to you. Pretend you are a prospective renter who wants the most for his money and will pass up a place that shows obvious signs of wear. Scrutinize the walls, floors and lighting fixtures.You might immediately notice the things that are amiss. If you have to look hard, it’s a good sign: your prospective tenants may have a difficult time finding fault, too.

Bedding/Curtains - spend a little money in window coverings, bedding in tastefully-coordinated colors, or a new crisp shower curtain. You don’t need to go broke to add fabric accents you clearly chose with care to create a put-together look.Your effort to update the property’s look will encourage prospective renters that other aspects have been updated, too. Contact your coordinator for suggestions and great deals on bedding and curtains.

Jazz up small fixtures  - This fool-proof trick that will help make your property look up-to-date and cared for. Switch plates, outlet covers, lighting fixtures, and vent covers can easily reveal a property’s age, even when you’ve taken the trouble and expense to replace the big stuff. Go through your property and replace discolored plates, and rusted vent covers that are dated.

You could also replace outdated sinks (and/or faucets) with stainless steel versions — a reasonably-priced upgrade with a luxury punch.

 

You don’t have to spend a fortune to get your property rental-ready. Be inventive by focusing on the details that renters notice, and you’ll create a powerfully positive impression of your property.

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