Curb appeal has a big impact when you’re attracting new tenants and retaining the residents who are currently in place. You want your property to stand out in a crowded market, and you want tenants to find your home welcoming and inviting.
Here are six ideas we have to boost the curb appeal at your St. Louis rental home.
1. Keep the Lawn Mowed
Spring and summer months are especially good times for the grass to grow at your St. Louis rental property. You’ll find you may need to have it cut every week. Stay on top of this. Tenants won’t want to see an overgrown yard when they come for a showing. Contract with a local landscaping company or a professional lawn service to keep the grass short, green, and healthy.
2. Add Some Color Around the Door
A few pots of bright and cheerful flowers will do wonders for your curb appeal. You don’t have to include anything high maintenance; simply buy some potted plants and ensure they’re watered so they stay healthy and growing. This will give the home a welcoming and charming feel, and prospective tenants will notice it during a showing.
You could also invite color by painting the front door or touching up the trim. This will really be attention-grabbing and can have a big impact on your curb appeal.
3. Invest in Adequate Lighting
Good exterior lighting is not only important for your curb appeal, it also lends a sense of safety and security to your rental home. Install a bright light at the front door and consider a motion light if you have a home with a garage. Make sure the path from the street or driveway to the house is well-lit.
4. Repair or Replace Your Mailbox
Whether your mailbox is attached to the home or at the end of the driveway, make sure it looks sturdy and attractive. A new mailbox can make a big difference in how a rental home shows. You can also install new house numbers on the mailbox or the house itself to add some beauty and attract extra attention.
5. Make the Entry More Welcoming
Keep an eye on the condition of your front door. If you’re not going to repaint it, consider installing a new door handle. Make sure any cobwebs, insects, or other debris has been cleared away so it’s easy to enter and exit. If there’s a screen door as well, make sure it’s easy to manage and not dirty.
If you have the space, think about adding furniture to the entry. A small table or a couple of chairs can make the home look cozy and inviting.
6. Power Wash Your Property
Have the entire exterior pressure washed during turnover periods. This will clean away a lot of dirt, dust, and debris that can gather on the roof and in the corners and the doorways. Hire a company to come out and do it if you don’t have your own power washing equipment.
These are just six of our immediate ideas. We’d love the opportunity to take a look at your St. Louis rental property and make some recommendations on how to attract better tenants for higher rents. Contact our St. Louis property management team at Amoso Properties.