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Tips To Upgrade Your Rental Home

When you rent out a home, you need to follow the terms and conditions of the lease strictly. Generally, the agreement does not allow you to make major structural changes; but you can surely remodel your living space. Add the personal touch to make your rented apartment feel like home. Here we have listed some pocket-friendly tips to revamp your rental home -

  • De-Clutter - Remove all unnecessary items to make your rental home look spick and span. The key areas of your house should be organized and not have unwanted miscellaneous items lying all around. One can always donate things that are no longer required or in use.
  • Lighten It Up - Replace the shabby lightening fixtures and install portable table lamps to brighten up your home. Add chic lanterns or fairy lights along the staircase and doorway to give it a fresh look altogether.
  • Upgrade The Décor – Revamp your home with new curtains and rugs to add value to it. Also change over the worn out carpets. Try experimenting with the décor, because you never know what clicks off instantly and helps you turn your dull and drab rental home into a new upgraded version of itself.
  • Change The Furniture – It is often a good idea to change your furniture for a better and improved look of your home. Buy the furniture that suits your personality, but make sure that your room does not look congested and overstuffed with furniture items. Buy second hand furniture if you wish to refurbish your home without shelling out dollars.
  • Clean Around – Try to keep the home clean and spotless to let your home puff in. Clean up the dusty layers that sprawl up on your furniture and windows. Do not forget to clean the attic and garage as well as to mow the lawn.
  • Let The Air In – Open up all windows and relatively less used spaces. Letting in some natural fresh air can literally breathe in life to your home.
  • Close To Nature – There is nothing better than placing plants and flowerpots on your windows to add the natural aesthetic value to your house. Place in bunch of flowers in a vase to decorate your living room. Highly beautiful, budget friendly and free oxygen, what more could we ask for!
  • DIY Projects – Let the artist in you make and create DIY items. Create modular shelfs, customized wall hangings etc. to add in style and utility.
  • Use Empty Spaces – Do not stray away the odd corners of the house as they have huge potential to be utilized. You can build shelves, display your art or place a plant in the left out corner. The space under the staircase can be used for storage or as small reading station for your kid.

Nevertheless, you can follow these simple yet efficient tips to accentuate the overall look of your rental home without irking your landlord.

Tips To Create The Perfect Rental Home Inventory

An inventory is a list of all items in the rental property along with their exact condition. The inventory is sometimes also referred to as “schedule of condition”. Landlord’s inventories are essential to check for any damage caused during the tenancy period. Not only this, an inventory also comes in handy in case you need to make an insurance claim for property damage due to fire, flood etc.

It is best to understand the renter’s perspective and note down the problem areas in the inventory before they move in. Consider spending some money in undertaking the requisite repair and upgradation work. Make a positive impact so that when potential renters come in to view your property for the first time, they get attracted towards it immediately.

Some simple tips and suggestions can help you create the perfect rental home inventory. Read on:

  • List all the items: Note down the items present in your property and also mention their present condition. It is imperative to jot down the condition of not only the movable items but also the non-movable ones such as floors, walls, doors, windows etc.
  • Click lots of pictures: Take photographs of your rental home items as this will help you to compare the condition at the end of the tenancy period. You can even go a step ahead and make video inventories as they are a more reliable proof.
  • Describe ‘wear and tear’: Since you will have tenants come over to reside in your property, it is bound to experience wear and tear. For instance, the paint may fade, appliances may be used,, carpets may become dull and so on. Therefore, you need to clearly mention in the inventory list the extent of wear and tear that is acceptable. This will avoid any disagreement with the tenants later on.
  • Get a third-party witness: Having a third-party witness for your inventory can make it even more reliable. You may have a professional real estate agent or an inventory conductor as the witness. This will be of great help to support your inventory once the tenancy period comes to an end.
  • Get it duly signed: An inventory is an important document like the lease agreement. So, it needs to be duly signed by you, the tenant and third-party witness as well. Without signatures the inventory does not hold any relevance in the eyes of the law.

For more information, contact Lone Star Realty & Property Management, Inc. We are located at 1020 W Jasper Drive, Killeen, TX 76542. You can also call us at (254) 699 – 7003.

Tips To Boost Curb Appeal Of Your Rental Property

It is important to make your property look attractive so that more and more prospective tenants are willing to rent it. One of the first things that a potential renter takes note of is the exterior of your property. Therefore, it is essential to invest time and money in beautifying your rental property and increasing its curb appeal. You need to upkeep your property in the best possible manner and use a little bit of creativity to make it stand out from the rest.

Below is a list of certain tips that can help you:

  • Clean it thoroughly: Potential tenants will never like a property that is unkempt and dirty. So, pay attention to the exterior and make sure it is neat and clean. You can take certain steps such as trimming the lawn, shoveling the snow and power washing the outside of your property. Also ensure that there is no litter around the property. Apply a fresh coat of paint on the front door and ensure cleanliness on the porch. Make sure you do not stack up any unused or old appliances on the porch.
  • Go green: Everyone gets attracted to greenery and you too can use this aspect to its fullest in your property. Go in for simple landscaping as it looks beautiful and does not fall heavy on your pocket too. You can create a miniature garden near the front porch and even plant a row of hedges to segregate your property from that of the neighbors. Paint the mailbox anew and use rocks or concrete blocks along the entrance. Plant seasonal and fresh flowers in small pots to further increase the beauty.
  • Add simple accents: Addition of simple accents can go a long way in making your rental property more inviting. For instance, you can have chairs in your porch in materials such as wood or wicker. Display some nice cushions on the chairs for an enhanced appeal. You can even add a dash of color by opting for a bright colored mat at the entrance of the property. This will make the tenants take note of your rental home the moment they enter it.
  • Have a center of attraction: Highlight the enticing features of your property in order to gain the attention of probable tenants. You can have a major feature that becomes the center of attraction in the exterior of your home. For instance, add a swing in your porch with bright-colored pillows or simply have a water feature such as a fountain or small pond in the garden. You can even have an outdoor seating area complete with a fire pit. Installing solar lighting all through the walkway can also lend a beautiful impression on the renter.
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