Hi, this is Steve Rozenberg. I am the owner and co-founder of Empire Industries Property Management Company, located in Houston Texas. We get a lot of newer investors and some experienced investors that will ask us what is the best way to get most bang for their buck, as far as curb appeal goes, when their trying to rent out their property. And it’s really not as complicated as a lot of people think.
The first thing, think about this: that’s the first impression a person gets when they drive up to look at your property and imagine them and their families living in that property. So, you can never get a second chance at a first impression. So when you drive up to a house, what would you want to see?
Most people want to see, first of all, that there is no trash in the yard: they don’t want to see any trash or debris or anything like that in the yard, that’s the first thing. Second thing is; make sure that you trim all the hedges and trees and there are no limbs lying down, where they have to either walk over them to get to the property or they have to duck down to get to them. Trimmed trees and hedges are amazing as far as wow factor when someone drives up to a property.
Next thing is, obviously, you want to have the grass cut. If it is a place where the grass grows pretty quickly, either you do it yourself, or spend the money to put it on a schedule with a yard person while the property is vacant. Don’t try to save a couple of dollars by letting it grow and be overgrown and you get someone that comes up and doesn’t want to rent the property because they think it’s not taken care of because that’s their first impression.
Some easy things that you can do: you can put mulch in the flower beds. You can get a couple flats of colorful flowers. People love colorful flowers. And I would say the last thing you can, and should do, is power wash the house; make sure it’s clean. Again, power washing is very inexpensive. You can do it yourself or you can hire someone to do it. But it’s just one of those things that give a lot of value. So when people walk up, they want to picture themselves and their family living in this house. And if there is dirty trash in the yard, and limbs and other things there, they cannot always do that.
So, again, make the first impression the best impression. Because then when they go inside and the house is clean, it’s going to make them really want the property. If they drive to up to the house and it’s dirty and trashy they may not even stop. They may just keep on going and you never even got a chance to show them all the money that you invested in putting in capital improvements on the inside of the property; because they never even got out of the car.
If you’d like some more help and like to talk more about this, feel free to give me a call. This is Steve Rozenberg with Empire Industries Property Management Company.
Thank you very much.