It is better to be served a steak on a platter than to have it thrown in your face, or so goes the old saying. The point of this being that presentation is everything, whether you are serving a steak, or improving the curb appeal of a home you would like to rent. Everyone has seen homes that a homeowner would like to rent but is generally overgrown and unkept. Compare this with a home that has a tidy appearance, and the latter will have more takers every time. This article is aimed at giving potential renters the best first impression possible.
There are very few things that can improve the curb appeal of a home better or faster than to spruce up landscaping. There’s really little need for anything new, either. Just low the yard, and trim trees and bushes so it looks tended to. You’ll not only win renters, but you might even earn a few approving nods from the neighbors too.
Paint the Exterior
Giving a rental home a fresh coat of paint will increase curb appeal every time. Choosing the right color can be tricky, but with some thought to the style of the home and its architectural features, the process will be easier. Also, make the front door and any other accents such as shutters stand out. Oh, and check to make sure the doorbell works. It’s the little things that make a difference.
Add a Porch
If you are looking to really make a big impression, add a porch to the front, or if there already is one, revamp it. Porches can be very inviting, not to mention nice to keep guests out of the rain. And don’t forget to add beautiful lighting to your porch. This will make the impression that much better, whether it be day or night.
Things like walkways, stone retaining walls, brick steps, and other accents can add considerably to the curb appeal of a home. A meandering walkway that leads to the front door is always nice, and anytime you add natural rock to a landscape, it ties everything together to kick up curb appeal. And don’t forget the mailbox. It’s a small thing, but it’s an accent that everyone appreciates.
Outdoor lighting will add drama to a house like nothing else. Enhance a walkway with glow lighting and watch the visual impact improve. And as for trees and other landscaping, use gas lights and other ambient lighting to create a more dramatic effect during nighttime hours.
Increasing what is usually called curb appeal can accomplish a lot of goals. Not only will it draw renters but it will increase the overall value of a home, deter vandals and other lowlife, and make your property a centerpiece for a neighborhood. At Property Management River Valley Arkansas, we make it our primary goal to help you achieve your rental property goals. Why not contact us today to see what we can do to help you?