When you want to rent fast and get the best return in Jacksonville, FL on your rental property, it’s a good idea to make a few basic improvements to the home. An entire remodeling project is not necessary. If you want to attract highly qualified tenants and get your place rented quickly, you only need to focus on a few key places.
Curb appeal is important because it creates a positive first impression for a prospective tenant. Go outside and see how your house looks to a passer-by. It should look like one of the most desirable homes on the street. Keep the lawn looking healthy, trim the bushes and paint the exterior. Spend a little extra money painting the inside of the house, too. If you include the eaves and put a fresh coat on the ceiling, you’ll get a renter interested. The front door also needs a fresh coat of paint and if you go a step further and replace the mailbox, you’ll really be investing in a detail that makes the place look brand new. Brush and sweep the front walkway and consider giving everything a good power wash to prevent mold and mildew.
Fans and Lighting
Ceiling fans make a big difference to tenants, especially in Florida. It does not cost a lot to install ceiling fans with lights in your bedrooms. Don’t choose the cheapest ceiling fan on the market, either. Spending just a few more dollars will make a difference in how your home looks to tenants. Lighting in the kitchen and bathroom should also be updated. The female head of the household is going to be the most important decision maker when it comes to choosing a place to live. She’ll be looking at the lighting in kitchens and bathrooms.
Replacing old appliances can cost a bit more than a new coat of paint. However, if your appliances are dated or not working efficiently, it’s a good idea to replace them with something more modern. Look for package deals at home improvement stores to save money.
The goal is to keep your floors looking clean and well maintained. There is no reason to spend a lot of money on premium carpet or hardwood. Instead, use heavy duty carpets that will look good and withstand heavy traffic from tenants and their families.
Contact Collins Realty Services & Property Management if you need help deciding what kind of updates and upgrades to make to your property to get it rented faster.