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3 Tips for Staging Your Rental Property

We’ve all heard of the importance of staging your home to sell. Buyers need to be able to envision themselves living in your space, right? Home staging has proven effective in increasing the probability of selling your home — the same applies for renting. You want your home to look its best for the future family or business professional who will be residing in your investment property. Marketing is everything. For a quick exercise, review the rentals on Airbnb and take note of the listings that intrigue you from first-glance. What do you notice about the decor and what’s on their counter tops? And while Airbnb targets short-term rentals, just think about how much more important a clean space is for renters considering an annual rental. There are a lot of home staging tips and resources online, and many summarize into approximately 3 rules to consider. It may seem like a hassle, however, taking the little extra effort prior to us photographing your investment property could make all the difference for your future renter.

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1: DEPERSONALIZE & NEUTRALIZE

  • Remove all photos of you and your loved ones
  • Remove decor that may have your names or initials
  • Remove children’s artwork and achievements from the fridge/display boards
  • Match and coordinate what you can — matching storage boxes, furniture pieces, bedspreads
  • Paint with neutral colors — color-coordinate when you can

 

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2: DECLUTTER

  • Box up unnecessary closet clutter to showcase how much space is available for your renter’s belongings
  • Empty kitchen cabinets of non-essentials
  • Remove rugs from the kitchen area
  • Remove items from your kitchen counters except for essentials — think “minimalist”

 

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3: SANITIZE

  • Clean Everything — scrub grime from shower doors and shower walls
  • White bath and hand towels give bathrooms a more open-feel
  • Polish wood tabletops and counters
  • Windex all windows and mirrors
  • Clean and wipe your refrigerator
  • Remember your baseboards and fan blades!

Lastly, for the best photos of your investment property, turn on all of the lights in the home, open all of the window shades, vacuum and turn off the fans.

Posted by: Gulf Coast Management Group on August 20, 2019
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