We all want a great rental that is going to look great and work well for our purpose. Sometimes, however, we do need to take the time to really figure out how to protect and make the most of our rental properties. These few tips are going to help you make the most of your property and to protect it for the future.
How to protect everything else in your rental
- Replacing air filters
- Window blinds
- Replacing switches
- Moving furniture
- Gutter guards
The first thing you want to do is to replace your air filters. This is not only going to help the home or property smell fresh and new, it is also going to help you make sure your HVAC unit is well cared for. Another thing you can do is to place your own blinds. Blinds take a beating during a tenancy, so installing cheap versions keeps you from spending too much money when you refresh a property for a new tenant. Installing your own blinds also prevents your tenant from having to drill holes in the wall that you would need to repair later.
Another thing you can do is to replace switches. This is going to ensure that they are fresh and new and that they are working properly as well. Plexiglass in cabinet fronts can also help to make the home look fresh and can be cheaper and more durable than regular glass. Gutter guards are an excellent and inexpensive way to prevent gutters from clogging up. When a gutter is clogged, it can direct water to the front of the home and foundation which can cause lasting damage. Guards can easily prevent that.
💡 Moving expensive leather furniture away from sunlight is another great way to protect your property and to make sure that your leather furniture is not going to dry out and crack.
Protecting rental property floors
- Hardwood floors
- Felt pads on furniture feet
- Shoe racks
Still another way to protect your rental is to opt for hardwood floors instead of cheap alternatives and carpets. With carpet, you can end up with stains, smells, and tears that are going to cause you a ton of trouble when you have to replace them or clean them out. Hardwood is desirable, gorgeous, and is also very strong and is not going to scratch or get torn up easily.
Adding felt pads to the feet of furniture is another must. This is not only going to make it easy to move things around if your tenant wants to move things and change up the feel of the space, it is also going to keep the floors from being scratched up and torn up. These pads will keep the floor from getting scratched and scuffed and they will also protect the feet of the furniture. Shoe racks are another great option. This gives the tenants a place to put their shoes to help keep the floors from being torn up with repeated foot traffic.
💡 What is the best type of flooring for tenants?
Luxury vinyl plank flooring is the best option for rental properties because it is long-lasting, waterproof, and inexpensive. Vinyl planks and tiles can also be made to look like wood or natural stone for a high-end look on a budget.
- Glossy paint
- Screw wall items into studs
- Do not mount the TV on the wall
Walls that are scuffed, dirty, stained, or dingy are unappealing to new tenants. A fresh coat of paint can spruce things up and give your property a fresh new look. The first time you paint it, opt for gloss or semi-gloss paint. This is going to be easy to clean and easy to keep looking great. Making sure there are door stops in place is also a must. This will keep doors from slamming into walls and causing damage.
If you want to put things up on the wall like shelves and cabinets, make sure they are screwed into wall studs. This will protect the drywall and prevent damage from things being torn down or falling down from too much weight. It is also not advised that you mount televisions on the wall. TVs are heavy, even when they are put into wall studs, they can be unwieldy and can cause a great deal of damage to the walls.
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