30 steps to make your exterior more appealing
August 1, 2007
Chances are that the person who ends up buying your home will drive by at least once before making the decision to rent your property. Following is a list of updates to make your property appealing upon first glance:
1. Make sure house numbers are easy to read.
2. Make sure signage is neat and well-kept.
3. Clean up trash on the block.
4. Try to get any junker cars or messy properties cleaned up.
5. Fix cracked or broken concrete.
6. Make sure painted curbs are.
7. Repair and paint fencing.
8. Paint the stripes in the parking lot.
9. Pull weeds in driveways and parking areas.
10. Clean up oil drips.
11. Sweep parking areas and drives.
12. Make sure parking bumpers are in good condition.
13. Make sure numbers in parking areas clear and painted.
14. Clean up garbage area.
15. Kill mold and mildew on the building, sidewalks, roof and/or driveway
16. Pressure wash dirty siding and gutters, and dingy decks and patios
17. Paint the front door.
18. Make sure railings are sturdy and freshly painted.
19. Clean windows.
20. Touch up or repaint the property’s exterior.
21. Fix loose shutters.
22. Straighten or replace loose or bent gutters.
23. Paint trim around windows.
24. Paint or replace mailbox.
25. Prune overgrown trees and shrubs.
26. Trim out any dead branches from trees and shrubs.
27. Keep grass trimmed and yard clear of toys and debris.
28. Mulch flower beds and around shrubs.
29. Add a potted plant or flower boxes to the front entrance.
30. Make sure the front of your property is lighted and appealing at night.
About the Author: Bob Cain
Some 30 years ago Bob Cain went to a no-money-down seminar and got the notion that owning rental property would be just the best idea there is for making money. He bought some. Trouble was, what he learned at the seminar didn’t tell him how to make money on his rental property. He went looking for help in the form of a magazine or newsletter about the business. He couldn't find any.
Always ready to jump at a great idea, he decided he could put his speaking and writing skills to work and perform a valuable service for other investors who needed more information about property management. So Bob ferreted out the secrets, tricks and techniques of property management wherever he found them; then he passed them along to other landlords.
For over 25 years now, Bob has been publishing information, giving speeches, putting on seminars and workshops, and consulting for landlords on how to buy, rent and manage property more effectively.