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Budget friendly rental upgrades you can do yourself

Photo: Urban Greening red paint job by Benno Hansen

As a landlord, there is never enough time to do everything. Property maintenance and upkeep is often pushed to the side and postponed until a later date. But the holidays are finally here! And tenants are likely to be away. There is no better time than now to spend a couple of hours or even a few days on improving your investment property.

Here are some affordable upgrades that can be done with minimal effort.

A fresh coat of paint

Nothing updates your property quite like a fresh coat of paint. It can drastically brighten and improve any room, making it appear new.

If you have a couple of rental properties, it’s a good idea to paint them all in the same neutral colour. You can buy paint in bulk and save money and never go through a nightmare of trying to match paint to touch up work.

Painting the walls? Consider painting old outlet covers too.

Curb appeal

Tenants want to be proud of the homes they live in. So even the way their houses look on the outside matters. If you don’t have time and money to paint the house, you sure can at least give it a proper clean. Pressure washing is a cheap and relatively quick option. It can make a big difference to how a home looks.

Another way to improve curb appeal is to plant low maintenance plants. Bushes, hedges or anything with colour can make a striking difference in how the place looks and feels.

New light fixtures

Updating light fixtures is one of the easiest and most affordable home improvements you can do. Many rental properties still have the original light fixtures from when the house was built. some of these fixtures will not only be out of date and out of style, but they can also be hugely inefficient. Replacing them will not only reflect the current style of your house, but also reduce energy bills.

Small kitchen updates

Everyone dreads kitchen renovations. But small improvements can go a long way to modernising your kitchen's look, and refining its overall appeal. Painting the old wooden kitchen cabinetry or backsplash tiles a fresh white colour or replacing the cabinet doors, or even knobs and handles, could make your kitchen look dramatically better..

Remember making sure your property is up to date is important. A little extra work goes a long way. You will save a lot of time, money and energy and minimise potential maintenance calls by doing a few simple, inexpensive projects that will have a significant impact on the value and quality of the property.

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