If you’re not getting the quality of tenants you want (despite how aggressive you’ve been with your marketing), then your apartment may not be appealing enough for them to pursue.
In this case, sprucing up your apartment and adding the right features can do a great deal in getting their attention.
The good news is you don’t even need to make major renovations to make them take notice. All you need are the right adjustments to make your property look irresistible.
Here’s how to do it:
1. Give it a professional clean
Never underestimate the power of a good and thorough clean. While you probably think you do a good job yourself, a professional cleaner can go beyond a simple surface clean and spruce up the areas in your unit you may have overlooked.
You’ll be amazed by how much more attractive your apartment can be with a professional clean, and it can even look completely different once it’s done. A thorough clean can rejuvenate your apartment. Everything from removing old stains and marks, tidying up your interiors, and restoring the shine on your tiles and glass surfaces can all add up to make for a more appealing look overall.
It’s often best to hire professionals for these in-depth cleans because they’ll have the equipment, expertise, and experience to complete even the most demanding cleaning jobs.
2. Refurnish the kitchen cupboards and benchtops
Kitchens are the heart of every home, so improvements here will make the rest of your unit instantly better.
But you don’t even need to renovate your entire kitchen to make a big difference. Even refurbishing your kitchen cupboards and benchtops will do the trick. You can try repainting your cupboards to give them a new look or replace them entirely if they’re looking old and dated.
If you have a bigger budget, you can also upgrade your kitchen benchtops and counters with more high-end materials to refresh your kitchen.
3. Update the bathroom fixtures
Next to the kitchen, the bathroom is often the most highly valued room in the house, so make yours more desirable by adding touches of comfort and luxury.
A good way to do this is to upgrade your bathroom fixtures, whether it’s installing new bathroom cabinets, replacing your showerheads and faucets, or updating the main mirror. You can even consider investing in new tiling or a new bathtub if you have the resources.
4. Update and purchase essential appliances
Updating the essential appliances in your apartment will help modernise your home and make it more valuable for tenants. In the kitchen, you should aim to replace old stove tops, ovens, microwaves and dishwashers with newer and better versions if you can afford it. As for the rest of the house, whether it’s replacing your old air-conditioners or upgrading your laundry and dryer units, a new batch of modern appliances will make your home more enticing and liveable.
5. Repaint the walls
Nothing will freshen up your apartment more than repainting the walls. A fresh coat of paint can invigorate your apartment, making it look new again even if it’s years or decades old.
Neutral colours often work best for rental properties, providing a calm and relaxing backdrop that goes well with different styles of living. You’ll also want to pick colours that don’t leave light marks easily, which could make it more desirable for families with kids.
6. Create more storage
Storage is important to most tenants, so giving them more storage space will undoubtedly make your apartment more attractive.
Adding shelves and cabinets in key areas will go long ways in providing more storage for your tenants throughout their stay. You can also consider turning to areas often underused in apartments (e.g. under sets of stairs, behind some walls, under sofas, etc.) to create more storage. This is especially important if your apartment is small and compact.
By finding and creating more storage in your apartment, you can make your unit look more practical and functional for all types of tenants.
7. Make it brighter and lighter
There’s a reason why properties are always fully lit in real estate magazines and websites: bright living spaces look bigger and more inviting. Compared to dark and dimly lit units, bright and well-lighted apartments look more open and defined – a big plus for many tenants and homeowners. Use this to your advantage by brightening up your apartment and providing more light.
Upgrading your lighting systems will also make your property look livelier and more exciting.
Ask Yourself This Question
If you’re not sure what will make your apartment more attractive to quality tenants, ask yourself this question:
“If I lived here, what improvements would I want, to make my stay here more comfortable and enjoyable?”
By putting yourself in your tenant’s shoes, you’ll get a better idea of what will catch their attention and make them consider your property more seriously.
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