Renovating a rental property can increase a homes rental value and provide owners with more cash flow and larger returns long term. However, constantly pouring money into your rental home can get expensive if you're not careful, it will actually hurt your cash flow.
Look for oppertune times to make renovations to your property. Today, we're looking at some ideal situations in which renovations may make sense, and we're considering which renovations are the most cost effective for rental home owners and real estate investors.
If you've just aquired a home, or you're moving out of a property that you once lived in so you can rent it out, a few renovations will most likely be needed to get it ready for the rental market.
Check the condition of the floors and the walls. Fresh paint gives the entire home a feeling of newness, and prospective tenants will notice. Don't bother with touch-ups or cosmetic work; paint the entire wall. The floors should be free of any imperfections. If you have carpet that is stained or worn in areas, replace them. Put in hard surface flooring to make the home look cleaner, more modern and easier to maintain.
Update anything in the home that looks old or tired. Your kitchen appliances should not be twenty years old, and you don't want your plastic window blinds to be falling down. Renovating your property before you list it will attract more tenants and reduce your vacancy time.
Another good time to invest in renovations is during periods of turnover. All landlords want their good tenants to renew their lease agreements year after year. But, if your current tenant is moving out, it's a good time to take a look at the property and make some changes that will increase your ROI and maybe allow you to charge more in rent.
Make sure you work quickly. Have your maintenance team in place before your tenant moves out so it doesn't take you too long to renovate and prepare the property. The longer it takes to do the work, the less money you're earning on the property. The goal is always to keep turnover days to a minimum. Whether you're installing a new water heather, upgrading the appliances, or putting in landscaping, make sure you're folling your budget and timeline closely so you can get your home rented again.
If you've been renting your proeprty for 20 years and you're ready to sell it and do something else, you'll want to make some renovations to prepare it for the sales market. This might include completely re-doing the kitchen, adding more light, increasing storage space, or painting the whole house. Wait until your tenants have moved out and then make all of eh changes your real estate agent reccomends to sell the home quickly and for the price you want.
Renovations are an important way to make your rental property competitive and attractive to good residents. It's important to balance the cost and the outcome.
We would be happy to advise you on how to make the most of your proposed renovations. Please don't hesitate to Contact us as Perpetual Property Management.