There’s a lot of things you can’t control about your rental property . . . location being one of them. However, there’s a lot of things you CAN control . . . size, to some extent, can be controlled (up to a point). But the biggest bang for the buck is condition. It’s true that the little things can make a big impact.
Curb appeal cannot be overstated. While residents often consider a variety of issues when deciding whether to rent a particular home (travel time to work, neighborhood conveniences, affordability), that first look at a home plays a huge role in whether a lease is signed. No matter how great the area, or how reasonable the rent, if a rental home shows poorly, it’s difficult to get a lease signed.
Here are some little things that are often overlooked in our hurry to get a house ready for market:
The entryway. Doors that are scuffed, dead leaves, trash near the entrance will immediately turn people off.
Light fixtures. Fixtures that are not working or bulbs burned out are often forgotten.
Torn or missing window screens and blinds. People like light and windows. Prospective tenants will notice where the windows are and they will subsequently notice things like torn or missing window screens. While it may not appear to be a deal breaker, it can give the appearance of sloppiness, or a safety issue.
Dripping faucets or running toilets. Both are equally annoying, and sure to be noticed by prospective tenants, who tend to pay close attention to kitchen and bathroom fixtures. Plumbing that doesn’t work properly can be a deal breaker.
Bent or missing blind slats. This is easy to miss, but it’s important to check for mechanical or cosmetic issues with blinds and replace them as needed.
Taking care of the small things before an applicant walks through the door can help increase the likelihood a signed lease will happen sooner rather than later.