24. February 2017 08:21
When you are preparing your rental home, it is essential that every corner is alluring and clean. You should be prepared for potential tenants to be extremely observant and to scrutinize every part of your rental home. By staging your rental home properly, you open up possibilities and potential. However, people tend to overlook a few areas and steps when staging their rental homes, making it slightly more difficult to rent out or get the price they’re asking.
You are to remember these few overlooked areas when preparing your rental home.
- The entrance-way and backyard: Make sure that your backyard and exterior are clean and appealing. As for the entrance-way, this area will lay down the worth for the rest of the rental home so be sure to make it look inviting. Use decent console tables, seating furniture, mirrors, or a painting. As far as the backyard is concerned, start by cleaning and twigging old leaves and debris, add color and visual interest to your backyard by planting bunch of flowers depending upon the season; also add outdoor furniture and lighting or lamps or fairy lights.
- The kitchen cabinet tops: The kitchen should be prepared well for staging. Cabinet and counter tops are the most essential parts of kitchen, make sure these are emptied and clean. Peroxide can be used to sanitize and clean the area thoroughly. In addition to being a good cleaner, it's also good for people with medical conditions like allergies and asthma. You can use it on your cabinet tops, and all around the kitchen. Other than that, vinegar is a natural cleaner for greasy cabinets, you can even laminate your counter tops with Formica, and it is easy to clean wipe when laminated.
- Bathroom: People are particular about the bathroom and making it appealing is a good tactic. So, inspect the linen closet, put some hooks for hanging towels. You can also add clean, white linens and maybe a small floral display to add visual interest. Check the tiled flooring and make sure it’s spotless and repaired if broken. Remove foul odors in the bathroom, if any.
- Attic, basement and garage: Every home has one of the three, if not all. These locations tend to become dumps or storage for all your documents, old clothing, holiday decorations, sporting gear, keepsakes and other such things. However, when staging for potential tenants, you want to make the most of the space of every room. Shelving is great for all the location as it can free the floor space and make the room more organized. You can add hooks to for holding sporting gears and add small drawers to keep mechanical instruments. This works really well with the garage and basement.
- For the attic, make sure the insulation is removed or replaced. Dirty attic can often become home for rodents, rats and birds that contaminates the insulation and infects the attic that can lead to unhealthy home. Make sure that you take the help of experts to decontaminate and clean for handling your attic. Consider painting walls with neutral and warm colors, when all these locations are cleaned and organized it could possibly be used as an additional room. A suitable couch, a small mini-bar, and a television could turn the attic, basement and garage into a getaway for the adults or it can also turn out to be a hang out space for the children by adding mini tents and indoor games.
- Closets and Laundry Room: Untidiness will distract tenants from your home’s potential and throwing everything in the closet isn’t available solution since most people want to see how much closet space you have to offer. These are two of the most overlooked areas of rental home staging. Make sure that closets are cleaned, set, organized and space is maximized and that the laundry room is visually appealing and appears handy in all aspects. If space allows, try to hide baskets, drying racks, and cleaning supplies out of sight.
- Drain: Plumbing in the home is like the roots of a tree, there are the main line. Drainage is basically one of the most overlooked areas, while you are focusing much on cleaning the rooms. Before putting your home for rent, you should first check if you are dealing with slow-draining sinks or showers. Then you have to deal with clogged pipes, toilet stoppages, and garbage disposal freeze-ups. Providing appropriate plumbing tools helps to tenants to handle minor problems themselves. Upgrade your vent pipes; drain treatment should be at least once a month with a mild enzyme based drain cleaner to dissolve grease and keep the drains flowing. Major problems which are those that require disassembly of the pipes are best left to professionals. A landlord should guarantee the pipes work well, but the tenant should be in charge for what goes down them.
There are many aspects that have to be taken into account when staging your rental home and it might seem like plenty of work, but ultimately, it benefits you, the landlord as well your tenants. Making your rental home all polished and clean for tenants can potentially help it rent quicker and help you get the price you are asking for.