When it comes to Bryant rental properties, it’s more cost-effective to have interiors designed to stand the test of time. While trends are attractive in the short term, it can be costly to keep renovating just to keep your rental house trendy. In contrast, the most profitable rental properties have an appeal that lasts well into the future. Here are tips to keep your rental looking not only relevant but ready for what comes next to future-proof your rental home.
Choose Classic Over Trendy
You might want to appeal to today’s renters by incorporating the latest fad into your rental home’s interiors or even exteriors. But to create a timeless look that will last, it’s a much better idea to stick to a simple, classic design. The classic design has a signature simple, sophisticated style that is functional and highly adaptable. Use neutral colors and natural materials like wood, stone, and brick for a classic look. Avoid trendy, ornate designs and go for classic designs that are timeless and will surely outlast short-lived design fads. This is one of the primary steps in creating a future-proof rental property.
Keep Walls & Floors Neutral
Trendy colors come and go almost as quickly as most other fads. You might be tempted to add that accent wall or repaint your entire house the color of the year, but before you do, consider how often you have to repaint to keep your rental property from looking dated. If you want to give your rental home timeless appeal, stick to neutral shades in your paint and flooring choices instead. Neutrals are the backdrop that makes it flexible for the renter to customize their space even when living in a rental house. Soft beiges, grays, and crisp white trim brings the room together while allowing the resident to feel at home.
Invest in Good Lighting
Another way to future-proof your rental property is to invest in quality lighting fixtures and bulbs. For many landlords, lighting in their rental homes is an afterthought. They try to save a few dollars by using the cheapest light fixtures and bulbs. Though it may seem like a good idea in the short term, investing in quality lighting lowers utility costs and can even increase interest in your rental house, making it easier to rent and encouraging renters to stay. This is because few renters want a home that has dark or inadequately lit rooms.
Switch out your rental’s old or outdated light fixtures for fixtures that will provide enough light. Tacky fluorescent lighting can be replaced with functional and versatile recessed lighting. Switch out those cheap lightbulbs for LED bulbs. This alone increases energy efficiency and reduces the time you need to change light bulbs every year.
Add Smart Upgrades
Finally, it seems the trend of smart technologies is here to stay. You can prepare your rental property for a time when such technologies will be expected in a property by adding some smart upgrades. Did you know that aside from letting renters control a smart thermostat’s features from a smartphone or tablet, it can also help lower utility costs? Similarly, you can install smart locks to give your residents convenience and peace of mind when they have to be away from their homes for the day or weekend.
You can choose among the many smart home technologies that you can add to your home according to your budget and preference. After considering where your rental property is located and what your target renters are looking for, it is a good idea to start on a few upgrades before you miss the opportunity to be ready for the future.
Would you like to learn more about strategies to make your rental home as profitable as it can be, year after year? Give Real Property Management Hometown a call! Our Bryant rental market experts can offer valuable tips and suggestions to maximize your investment property’s potential, as well as our highly-rated property management services. You can reach us online or call us at 501-701-4702 or 501-303-6870.
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