Curb appeal is a term that’s thrown around a lot when sellers are preparing to list their home on the market. They want to attract potential buyers with great curb appeal because it’s really the first impression that anyone gets of the home.
This is important on the rental market, too. Just like buyers, tenants want to live in a home that’s attractive, welcoming, and easy on the eyes. When you can create some great curb appeal for your Chula Vista rental home, you’ll find some great tenants quickly. You’ll also be able to maximize your rental value.
Here are five simple steps to boosting your rental property’s curb appeal.
Power Wash the Property
A home that hasn’t been occupied recently is bound to have some cobwebs, debris, and insects circulating around the front door. There may be marks on the siding or leaves and sticks gathered on the roof. A good power wash will help you remove all of the lingering mess that you’ll need to eliminate before you start making the place look pretty. Don’t forget to power wash the driveway as well as any walkways or sidewalks leading up to the home.
Landscaping and Lawn Care
If your property has a yard, there’s a lot to work with when it comes to curb appeal. Make sure the grass is cut and healthy. Trim the bushes and weed any of the flower beds you may have at the property. A well-maintained yard is a huge selling point when it comes to attracting tenants. However, you don’t want to over-complicate it. Prospective residents will be thinking about the time it might take them to maintain that gorgeous green lawn. Keep things pretty, but simple.
When you don’t have much of a green thumb yourself, invest in professional landscapers who can spruce the place up. You can establish a service contract with them for regular mowing and lawn care. This will ensure the property always looks great in case an interested tenant decides to drive or walk by.
Check Your Exterior Paint
Painting is something most landlords understand will need to be done inside the house during turnover periods. It’s always a good idea to paint the outside of your house every few years as well. This will dramatically increase the curb appeal of your property, especially if you freshen up the trim around doors and windows.
Upgrade Your Lighting Outside
You want a well-lit home when you’re renting it out. Make sure porch lights turn on automatically when it gets dark, and consider motion activated lights on the outside of your property. This will give your property some great curb appeal even at night and it also increases security.
Incorporate Some Color at the Entry
Color can do a lot for your curb appeal, and there are a few different ways you can incorporate it into the aesthetics of your Chula Vista home for rent. Start with some small pots of flowers near the front door or hanging baskets that include bright flowers. You can also paint your mailbox or put new house numbers on the home that are bold and attention-grabbing. Garden flags are always pretty and welcoming, and you can also consider some painted stepping stones or other accessories.
These five things will get you started with some great curb appeal. If you’d like help preparing your property for the Chula Vista rental market, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Encore Realty.