Summer invites updates and renewals. This busy season is often the best time to make repairs and updates to West Hartford rental properties. The best part is that these repairs don’t have to cost riches. Even small updates can turn into big enhancements in the look and feel of a home.
Whether you are preparing your West Hartford rental home for new tenants or updating a property for a long-term tenant, there are a few affordable rental property repairs that can increase the value, safety, and appeal of a property. Add these to your summer repair checklist to give a boost to your property’s appearance and value, and to potentially stave off more expensive repairs down the road.
Add a Fresh Coat of Paint
One affordable way to increase the value and appeal of a rental property is with new interior paint. Spotless, newly painted walls send a clear message to a possible tenant that the owner is concerned about the condition of the property as well as their comfort. Interior paint typically has a 7-year maximum lifespan under ideal conditions. However, rental properties may not always be handled lightly by their tenants, and so paint may need to be touched up more often.
By patching and painting nasty walls and trim, you are adding value to your West Hartford property and encouraging the everlasting satisfaction of your tenants. Stick with neutral colors for expansive appeal and to make touch-ups easy. Neutrals also offer a kind of “blank canvas” look that tenants can personalize with their own things.
Replace Your Front Door
Another low-priced update with a big influence is a new front door. Along with the landscaping, a home’s front door is one design that can make or break that significant first impression. Installing a new front door will add value and curb appeal, as well as improve the security of a home. Many doors will also improve a home’s energy efficiency if installed properly.
Maximize Your Lighting
When it comes to improving the energy efficiency of a home, think about light fixtures, both interior, and exterior. One of the easiest ways to update an older home is to install new light fixtures. And energy-efficient exterior lighting will help utility bills go down while increasing security at the same time. For homes in warmer climates, consider the perceived value of a ceiling fan light fixture. It is not unreasonable to think that a potential tenant will choose another property over yours based on the number and capacity of ceiling fans alone.
Basic Plumbing Maintenance
Further worthy items to add to your repair agenda include faucets and toilets. Just like light fixtures, old faucets and toilets can directly date a home. They are also crucial spots for water leaks and pressure issues. New faucets or toilets can help elude more costly repairs (and water damage) down the road, as well as forming an updated, elegant look. Homes with well-designed, good-looking fixtures hold far more charm than those without, making this minor repair another piece with a big effect.
At Real Property Management Hartford Metro/Greater New London, we can take your summer repair checklist done instantly and efficiently. We have the professionals you need to appraise and overhaul your rental property, guarding your treasured investment and promising blissful, permanent tenants in West Hartford. If you are interested in learning more, please contact us online or call us directly at 860-316-4388.
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