While renting out your apartment, you might want to leave no stone unturned to ensure a longer occupancy. One of the factors that really counts for the potential tenants is the furnishings. It can not only make your apartment look beautiful but also increase its value. Make sure you maintain simplicity while furnishing the home as each tenant would have a different choice.
As a landlord, consider the requirements of the potential tenants to set up the property for rent. While students prefer a fully furnished property, a family would opt for a semi-furnished home so as to incorporate some of their own appliances and furniture. Thus, the key is to provide them with the basics to give a ‘comfortable-yet-flexible’ renting experience.
Listed below are some of the tips that can be followed to furnish your small rental apartment:
To furnish your bedroom to a minimum level, you can keep an ottoman bed, nightstand with drawers and a wardrobe. You can opt for low-maintenance carpets and curtains so that they can be replaced every 2-3 years. Remember to buy neutral colored furnishings instead of bright ones to make the room look bigger. Pale yellow, off-whites and grays can be a good option.
The kitchen should be equipped with the essential appliances such as refrigerator, dishwasher and oven. You can also stack it with some basic utensils such as a set of plates, cups, spoons and forks. If you have a bare wall in the kitchen, drill in some hooks to hang pans, aprons and gloves. Keep the kitchen brightly lit and airy as well as choose light colored cabinets to make it look spacious.
If you want to increase the storage space, a small sized server or cabinet can be kept in the dining area. You can also install mounted racks as well as shelves that do not take any floor space and provide a lot of room to store essentials. Using the top of the refrigerator and cabinets to stack books, DVDs as well as the music player can be a good option to utilize every inch of space.
In order to furnish a small living room, opt for hidden storage ideas. You can choose furniture with built-in storage, such as an ottoman bed. It not only enhances the seating area but also increases the storage space. You can buy a sofa with drawers underneath. A dresser can be kept in the corner to utilize the unused space. Another tip is to mount a huge mirror in the living room to make the room appear bigger.
The space under the staircase can be put to good use. You can place a chest of drawers to store knick-knacks like keys, toys, batteries etc. in this area.
If space is a constraint in your bathroom, remember to install small sized fixtures. Choose light colored tiles and bath curtains in smaller prints. Glass windows and a large mirror can also help to make the bathroom appear spacious. You can install multi-tier corner stands to stack up toiletries. A pedestal sink can be installed to place trash bin and bathroom scale underneath.
Make sure the apartment is well-lit and has ample sources for the natural light to come in. You can place an overhead lamp on the dining table and install chandeliers in the living room.
A furnished apartment not only attracts quality tenants, but also reduces your vacancy periods. Remember that you are preparing the house for your prospective tenants who will have their own individual needs. Hence, your idea should be to provide just the basic facilities so that they can personalize the space according to their own preferences.
It is necessary for the landlords to de-clutter the house, empty the closets and keep everything organized to make the home more presentable.
We, at REAL Star Property Management, LLC, can help to stage your rental apartment in a better way. For more information, you can call at (254) 693 – 7850 or visit 3901 E Stan Schlueter Lp Ste 100, Killeen, TX 76542.