We highly suggest taking a look around your home before you rent your property for an AirBnB kind of deal or allow a new tenant to lease the place.
Ask yourself questions like:
- What could you do to make the place more attractive?
- What areas could use a little bit of improvement? Is the finish on the cabinets chipping off? Are the knobs on the doors rusting away?
- Do the floors and carpets look as new as they can? Are there stains everywhere or raised flooring?
Those are realistically just a few questions that popped into our heads immediately – there are so many more. But you get the hint.
Bottom line is, if you’re renting your home, what could you change to make sure people are fighting over your place first?
Install Central Air Conditioning
Summer is fun. Summer is what most of us wait for all year long. We want to wear shorts and a t-shirt, walking around comfortably without having to bundle up and mound blankets on top of us when it comes time to sleep.
But summer months have their downers, too. That’s especially true for a household that does not have central air conditioning.
If you’re anything like us, you’ve definitely battled through that dilemma at least once in your lifetime. Taking out and putting in wall unit AC’s. Setting up floor units around the hottest areas of the room to provide some relief. Using fans all day every day – and raising the electric bill quite a bit with all of these separate air conditioning systems.
Instead, install central AC and you’ll automatically draw renters in.
Set Up An At Home Movie Theater
Choose one of the smaller spare rooms so that your renters can have the larger rooms to sleep in or set up an office in. After all, an at home movie theater doesn’t need to be as large as the real deal; you won’t often have dozens of people over to watch the same film on a Friday evening.
Don’t go above and beyond here, as every renter may not take full advantage of this perk. A simple AV receiver from your local tech store will suffice, a film sheet off Amazon will do dandy, some speakers that emit sound relatively well, and ultra-short throw projector that displays the picture vividly.
Check Up On Your Window Treatments
Crank windows are a thing of the past, and if you still have them, it’s best to kick ‘em to the curb. In the winter, frost and ice can seal them shut for weeks on end. In the summer, the crank can dry out tremendously and be difficult to extend outwards – hello WD40.
Completely cancel this concern by upgrading to the regular push-up, pull-down windows. Not only can you access the lower part of the window, but you can also open and close the top portion of it, too.
Not to mention easy access windows are better for when you’re cooking indoors, when you’re trying to get some quick fresh air, and when you’re trying to shout out to the window.
There you go! We named a couple to get you started. Of course, if you’d like a few more suggestions, you can always:
- Install a hot tub in the backyard
- Build a shed for extra storage
- Set up a deck area with furniture and grill
- DIY a firepit with bricks and stones