For seven years, we represented this well-maintained single family home in a deed restricted community. The last tenants vacated early so the owner decided to improve the property in preparation for future tenants and the owner’s eventual occupancy.
We set about working with the owner to identify maintenance and upgrades. We replaced carpeting, painted throughout, and made general repairs as needed. The owner also asked us to have gutters installed and to replace a living room window treatment with a more contemporary fabric vertical blind. The kitchen was looking dated, but since they were planning a complete kitchen renovation down the road, they wanted the kitchen to look better without spending too much money. We quickly and cost-effectively freshened up the kitchen by replacing old florescent fixtures with new bright LED fixtures, replaced yellowing refrigerator trim, applied new caulk, and painted.
Next, the owner wanted a garage makeover. We discarded the old cabinets and stripped the garage of all unnecessary items. We hired a contractor who performed a gray flake garage flooring epoxy application. Next, we painted the walls in a light gray color and the doors and trim in a darker gray shade. The paint contrast was very appealing together with the new floors.
In summary, as homes age and become dated, taking a break between leases is a good time to assess what maintenance and upgrades are warranted to keep the property in top condition and attractive to prospective tenants.