An old, dated bathroom can reduce your investment property's value and make your property hard to rent. Before you put your rental home on the market, make some upgrades to the bathroom to make it more attractive to potential tenants.
You don't have to spend thousands of dollars on a bathroom remodel to make the bathroom space more attractive. In this article, we'll discuss four easy upgrades that can be done for a relatively low cost.
Painting a bathroom can make it look like new, especially if the current color on the walls is dated. Not sure what color to choose? Lighter colors are usually best in small bathroom spaces. White and gray are common bathroom colors, especially in rental units where neutral colors have universal appeal. When painting the bathroom, remember to choose high-gloss paint to repel water.
Make Repairs or Replace
Assess the bathroom to decide if any of the fixtures and other features need to be repaired or replaced. Look for:
- Dripping faucet
- Loose faucet handles
- Chips and stains on the vanity or counters
- Scratches on cabinets
- Toilet doesn't flush properly
- Clogged drains
- Stained grout
These are all obvious problems that could devalue your rental home and make it harder to find tenants. Make repairs or replace any fixtures if needed. Remember, tenants will expect these problems to be fixed anyway, so even if you're not going to fix them now, you'll need to fix them later.
Inspect for Signs of a Plumbing Leak
Look for signs that there could be a plumbing leak happening behind the walls. Indications of a problem include:
- Peeling or bubbling paint
- Stains on the ceiling, walls or floors
- Mold or mildew on the walls, smell of mold or mildew
If you can see any indications that there is a plumbing leak, address this problem soon. Plumbing leaks definitely devalue your rental property. A plumbing leak could also be causing structural damage, which could ultimately lead to a lot of repairs in the future.
Upgrade the Space With New Fixtures
Even if you don't need to make repairs to fixtures in your bathroom, installing a few new fixtures in your rental bathroom can help make the space more attractive. Replace the bathroom sink faucet, the showerhead or something else small that doesn't take a lot of effort to repair or replace.
Want more ideas for ways that you can make your rental property a more attractive home to potential tenants? Update your cabinets, floors, doors, windows and more.
Replace your bathroom vanities and baths to make the house seem more modern, comfortable and well-maintained.
Bottom Line: Keep Up With Maintenance
One way to ensure that your house will always be ready to show to new tenants is to hire a property management company that can get the job done. By working with a property manager, you can ensure that your investment property will always be in turn-key condition.
If you don't have a property manager for your investment property, keep up with maintenance to ensure that your investment property will always attract the best tenants.
About The Author
Leslie C. has written hundreds of articles and blog posts on a freelance basis. Just a few of her interests as a writer include topics like home repair, home maintenance, home improvement, travel, cooking, baking, green living, gardening, parenting, decorating, party planning and generally running a successful and functional household. In particular, her passion for writing home and family related articles has only increased since she started a cooking blog in 2011 and bought a ranch-style "fixer" home, circa 1950's. Everyday for Leslie is a new adventure in DIY home repair, family cooking and retro-style decorating, and her passion for these subjects shows in her written work.
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