We all know the importance of first impressions. This is especially true if you are a landlord looking to attract new tenants. Prospective tenants are more likely to want to see the inside of a property if the outside is appealing. Potential renters want to be able to imagine what their lives living in the house can look like.

You may be surprised what small details such as a festive wreath, a fresh coat of paint, or a new doorknob will add to the charm of the home. You don’t need an expensive landscape overhaul or to redo the entire facade to kick your curbside appeal up a notch. Use the following tips to increase the curbside appeal of your rental home.

Flowers and Plants All Year Round

Spring and summer are ubiquitous for their wonderful flowers. But autumn has its own set of blooming flowers and plants that are just as full of color and vibrance! To name just a few, try cornflowers, dahlias, chrysanthemums, or perennials to brighten up the yard during the cooler months. Add pumpkins for the ultimate autumn curb appeal.

Outdoor Lighting

As the season changes and we adjust our clocks, it gets darker earlier and earlier. Add some solar lights or low-wattage lanterns to illuminate the front walkway or flower bed. A house that is well-lit at night has the dual result of appearing warm and welcoming and increasing safety.

Paint the Front Door

Talk about an easy, affordable way to add a punch of impact and style to your rental home. Make sure the color you choose coordinates with the current color of the outside of your house. Some popular colors we are seeing are cherry red and ocean blue, while black and charcoal remain perennial favorites.

Replace Hardware

A quick fix that is both practical and stylish. Adding bright, shiny new house numbers will make your house easier to find – now no visitors nor mail will get lost – and will add a certain sense of pride in the home. Also, add a high-tech video doorbell for an added layer of security.

Update Your Mailbox

A new mailbox is a great way to up curbside appeal. It is often the first thing people see when they’re visiting or looking for the correct address. Give an old mailbox a splash of new colorful paint, have one custom created, or even buy one from Etsy.

Neat & Clean

Driveways, walkways, patios, and some kinds of siding can benefit from the occasional pressure wash to remove algae, mildew, and dirt. If your property has shutters on the windows, a fresh coat of paint can help add a “wow” factor and make the home look fresh and modern. Finally, make sure your driveway is welcoming—make sure weeds are removed and cracks are sealed.

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