Tips for improving your rental property's appeal

Colourful flowerpot by front door

Want to make your rental property more attractive to prospective tenants? There are plenty of quick, easy and inexpensive things you can do to improve your property's visual appeal.

1. Make an entrance

Your front door is the first thing people see, so make sure that initial impression counts. Dress it up with a new coat of paint, or jazz things up with a distinctive house number that matches your property's aesthetic.

How does your garden path look? If you've got broken or uneven concrete, think about getting it fixed. Rid your path of any moss or mildew - it should be clean and definitely not slippery.

2. Make your garden stand out

A well-tended front garden can add value to your property. First things first, keep on top of the weeding, mowing and pruning. Think about planting some low maintenance New Zealand natives to add privacy and a sense of tranquillity.

Rocks, railway sleepers or bricks can be used to create an inexpensive border for your garden. If you've got patches of bare earth, think about laying bark or crushed shells - this can instantly improve the look of your outdoor spaces.

Don't have a garden? How about adding some colourful pots or planter boxes? Herbs, perennials or succulents are a good option and add both colour and fragrance.

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3. Show your property in the best light

Providing adequate lighting is really important, especially in winter time with the shorter days.

Make sure your outdoor lights work, or if your property doesn't have any, think about installing some to improve security, or add solar lights in your landscaping.

4. Create some outdoor atmosphere

Kiwis love their outdoor living. BBQs, cricket on the lawn, al fresco dining, we're all about the indoor-outdoor flow.

Create a space to relax and entertain. If you've got a front deck, think about adding some outdoor furniture scattered with brightly coloured cushions.

Make sure your front yard is tidy. Get rid of any rubbish, broken pots or dead plants and check that the lawn has adequate drainage. You don't want to create an impromptu swimming pool.

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5. Fencing

Is your fence looking a bit tired? A smart fence goes a long way to making a good first impression, as well as providing a sense of security and privacy.

If you've already got a fence, give it some TLC. Make sure it's standing up straight and any grass around the bottom is trimmed and tidy. Use a water-blaster to remove dirt or mildew and think about giving it a fresh coat of paint or stain if it needs it.

Fencing is important to families with children or anyone with pets, so if you don't have a fence, you might want to get one built. With plenty of affordable styles out there, this doesn't need to be a big expense.

6. General maintenance

Our property management service includes managing general property maintenance. So whether you've got one rental, or a whole portfolio, we can take over the upkeep and repairs of your properties.  We can even take care of all the improvements mentioned above, so you don't have to do a thing. Let us manage your rental investment

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