After you have purchased your Denver rental property, one of the first things you will likely consider is renovations. Sometimes first-time rental property owners will neglect exterior renovations and prioritize the interior. This makes sense in some ways since the interior of the property is likely where your renters will spend most of their time. Still, curb appeal is the renter’s equivalent to a first impression. In order for renters to be interested in your property, there needs to be some “initial attraction” to interest the renters in the first place. That is what makes the exterior appearance of your home so important. Here are five cost-effective ways to boost your property’s curb appeal to draw in prospective tenants.
Clean It Up
The cheapest way to improve your curb appeal probably won’t be a lot of fun, but cleaning up the yard and exterior of the home will make a big impact. Pressure washing is a quick way to do this, and it is perfectly affordable. Hardware stores will typically rent these out for a day, and it will only cost you about $50. This is great if your property has grimy siding or walkways that have been covered over with dirt. If you’d rather leave the pressure-washing to the professionals, it will cost a little more money, but your property will look as good as new after. If you’re looking for this kind of cleanup without spending a dime, you can break out a bucket of soapy water and a scrub brush, but that will take a lot more time. You should also make sure that the yard is clean: the grass should be cut and the edges trimmed, all of the shrubberies should be shaped, and the weeds should be pulled.
A Fresh Coat of Paint
Painting is a relatively cheap way to give your property a total facelift. This does not mean you have to paint everything. Sometimes just painting the front door, the window frames, or the siding is a great way to boost your property’s curb appeal. If your property has a front porch, painting the railing could be the simple solution to bringing your property to life. Painting the front door a bright color is a trendy way to make your property pop. Potential tenants won’t forget the house with the cherry red door.
In the Best Light
Most potential tenants will visit your property after the workday ends. Depending on the time of year, that means the sun could already be going down. Seeing a property when it is completely obscured by darkness will make it difficult for potential renters to see the true value of the property. Installing new outdoor lighting fixtures is a great way to make sure that your potential renters take in every awesome detail of the property. Using both uplighting and downlighting is the best way to ensure that potential renters will love what they see. Install yard lights along the walkway to light the house from below and new, modern fixtures on the house. Can lights are big right now, and they are a great way to light the home from the top down.
Small Accents for a Big Impact
Something as simple as replacing the house numbers or purchasing a new mailbox is a great way to boost the curb appeal of your property. These small details show that even the little things in your property are considered and taken care of. This might give your renter the warm and fuzzy feeling that they need to become interested in the property while also telling them that you will be a great landlord.
Now a full-scale landscaping job is not exactly cost-effective, but planting something new here or there doesn’t have to break your budget. This could be as simple as putting some large potted plants on the porch or installing flower boxes underneath the windows. If you want to plant something new in the yard, make sure that it is native to the area so that it does not require special maintenance to keep it alive.
Looking for More Ways to Boost Your Property’s Curb Appeal?
Sometimes your guesses at what will boost the curb appeal of your property just aren’t good enough. If this seems to be the case for your property, a property management company might be able to help you find your rental plan’s flaws and correct them. At Keyrenter Denver, we are more than happy to help you get your property up and running. Not only that, we will help you make the most out of your rental property. Give us a call today to see what we can do for you.