This month’s article: Are the outside first impressions critical?
Do you think? To attract tenants who will treat your property properly and stay for a long time, be sure that your grounds and exterior areas are sparkling clean and the landscaping is well maintained. Renovate the grounds by making sure that here is no trash, junk, or weeds is often a very inexpensive task. A nice green lawn, healthy shrubs, and shade trees will enhance any rental property.
Make sure that the building structure is presentable and inviting. Although major architectural changes are often cost prohibitive, you can do a lot with a little paint, landscaping and cleanup. The good news is that these items generally don’t cost much compared to the positive benefits you gain. Some specific exterior improvements to consider are ground level or hanging planters, brass house numbers, awnings, or freshly painted fence or house trim.
First impressions are critical, and one of the key areas seen by all prospective tenants is the front entry. Make sure the entry way is clean, well kept, and well lighted. The front door should be cleaned or freshly painted or stained. Remove or replace a broken screen door. Buy a new welcome mat for just $10 to $12.
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