Which Home would you choose?
Imagine driving up to a property and finding broken windows, and dead grass. The flowerbeds have been taken over by weeds and the bush in the yard looks like something out of a horror movie. What do you think? Would you want to live there, or have your children, friends or family there? Would you want to visit someone at night there?
The outside of any property can make or break a deal. What kind of tenant are you trying to attract? Do you want a tenant that will care for your property, and will hold it to a higher standard? Or do you prefer a tenant who could “care less” about where they live?
This is why curb appeal is so important. Perception is key! Many ideal tenants will actually turn and walk away based on their first impression of the property. And can you blame them, wouldn’t you walk away from a home that appeared to be an old drug house?
Whether you own or are renting, you want to live in a property that reflects you and your personality. A property that is well maintained will attract a higher quality tenant than one that hasn’t been cared for. Now, I’m not saying that you need to spend thousands of dollars meticulously grooming your properties yard and exterior. But a little goes a LONG way!
Most curb appeal is easily done with a little hard work.
- Mow the lawn and edge it too! If you don’t want to take care of it yourself there are MANY lawncare companies that will help keep it well groomed while waiting for your next tenants. You can even ask the neighbors for help!
- Put a flowerpot and clean welcome mat out on the front porch. Add a flag or small decoration. It will help to make your property look welcoming.
- Neutral colors tend to be the most appealing to renters. If the front door is your favorite shade of pink, remember your future tenant may “really” dislike that color and may walk away because of it.
- Trim the trees and bushes, as well as clean up the yard. You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on fresh plants and flowers, a clean flowerbed is inviting as well.
The exterior of any rental property also tells tenants what kind of rental owner you are. As well as how quickly you will respond to issues that arise during their tenancy. If you are willing to mow the lawn when the home is vacant, you will probably be the type of owner/manager that will help out when the plumbing backs up or an electrical outlet stops working.