When you own Fells Point investment properties, it’s imperative to know which amenities you should have to appeal to prospective tenants. The more impressive your rental house is, the easier it will be to rent and keep rented. But there are numerous potential amenities: which ones should you offer? Although some trends come and go, there are some amenities that top the list year after year. In this article, we’ll discuss the top amenities that tenants are looking for in a home.
One of the first items that tenants will look for when hunting for a new rental home is air conditioning. This is particularly true in places with hot summers and/or high humidity. If your rental property is in the north, where summers are mild, you must 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 like is the convenience of doing their laundry at home. It is a big issue to haul laundry to a laundromat every week, mainly for families with children. Most rental homeowners feel that it is the tenant’s choice to bring their own washer and dryer with them, but several renters don’t own these appliances for a variety of reasons. By including a washer and dryer in your rental home, you can make it much more appealing to renters who enjoy this certain amenity.
One more appliance that is a must-have for a rental house is a dishwasher. Washing dishes by hand is time-wasting, and some renters are likely to return if they’ve had a dishwasher in a previous rental home. Dishwashers are not only affordable, but they also help conserve water and maintain the kitchen cleaner. If you don’t have one now, consider installing a dishwasher in your rental home to increase the attractiveness.
A significant concern for most renters is the possibility of pests invading their rental homes. Several renters are not willing to pay for a home with insect problems, whether that be ants in the yard or roaches in the kitchen. By presenting a professionally certified pest-free home, you can make your rental better than the several other homes prospective renters are likely to consider.
Security is a big concern today, and so including an alarm system installed in your rental home might make sense for your area and target renters. Alarm systems can be expensive, but chances are you may be able to ask a bit more in rent each month to help cover the cost over time. An alarm system could attract prospective 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 durable deadbolts, chain locks, and window locks installed in all exterior doors and windows.
Numerous tenants have had bad encounters with Fells Point property managers who don’t do regular maintenance, or if they do, take a long time to address even major problems. By presenting on-demand, quality maintenance, and repair services from a professional, you may attract a lot of tenants who want to avoid a repetition of those encounters. Even though you can perform basic maintenance yourself, you may still need to consider 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 Metro 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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