When you own Gladstone investment properties, you need to know which amenities you should have to appeal to prospective tenants. The more attractive your rental house is, the quicker it will be to rent and keep rented. But there are many types of potential amenities: which ones should you offer? Despite the fact that some trends come and go, there are a few amenities that top the list year after year. Below we’re going to discuss these top amenities that tenants are looking for in a home.
One of the main things that tenants will look for when hunting for a new rental home is air conditioning. This is very true in places with hot summers and/or high humidity. If your rental property is in the north, where summers are mild, you need to at least have a ceiling fan in the living room and each bedroom. Few things can compensate for the lack of adequate air circulation in a home.
Washer and Dryer
Another amenity that renters seek is the ability to perform laundry at home. It is a huge inconvenience to haul laundry to a laundromat every week, especially for families with children. Many rental homeowners think that it is the tenant’s responsibility to bring their own washer and dryer with them, but many renters don’t have these appliances for different reasons. By providing a washer and dryer in your rental home, you can make it much more appealing to renters who enjoy this specific amenity.
An additional appliance that is a must-have for a rental house is a dishwasher. Washing dishes by hand is exhausting, and some renters are eager to go back to it if they’ve had a dishwasher in a previous rental home. Dishwashers are not only affordable but also help conserve water and keep the kitchen tidy. If you don’t already own one, consider installing a dishwasher in your rental home to encourage more people.
A major concern for most renters is the potential for pests invading their rental homes. Some renters are willing to pay for a home with insect problems, whether that be ants in the yard or roaches in the kitchen. By offering a professionally certified pest-free home, you will make your rental be prominent from the many other homes prospective renters are likely to choose.
Security is a big concern nowadays, and so having an alarm system installed in your rental home might make sense for your area and target renters. Alarm systems can be expensive, but it is likely that you may request a bit more in rent each month to help cover the cost over time. An alarm system might be a big attraction for potential tenants in high-crime areas, allowing you to rent your property out much faster. If a full alarm system is out of budget, make sure you have sturdy deadbolts, chain locks, and window locks installed in all exterior doors and windows.
There are many tenants that have had negative interactions with Gladstone property managers who don’t do regular maintenance, or if they do, take a long time to address even major problems. By delivering on-demand, quality maintenance, and repair services from a professional, you may attract numerous tenants who want to avoid that bad experience again. Even though you can do basic maintenance yourself, you may still need to try entrusting your rental property maintenance to a professional management company. This will ensure that your tenants are well cared for while freeing up your time for other things.
Would you like more ideas about how to turn your rental property into one that tenants will be eager to rent? Give Real Property Management Principles a call, or contact us online! Our team works with investment property owners to improve occupancy rates, streamline the rental process, and ensure that your property is one that your tenants will want to stay in long-term.
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