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Making Your Home More Appealing For Renting

These days it can be much easier than ever to rent out a home, whether it is something that you want to do for a business, or something that you want to do when you’re out of town. Either way, there is going to be some competition so you need to make sure that if you’re serious about this, and want to make some money, then you need it to stand out from the crowd. If you are looking to cash in on renting, then there are a few things that you should focus on when it comes to sorting out your home and getting it ready.

One of the first things to look at is photography. High-quality photography is something that should be at the top of your list. When it comes to renting out a home, then renters are going to be looking closely at the home and checking that it is somewhere that they want to live. And let’s face it, the photos that they see are going to be the thing that helps them to decide if they like the property or not. So it does need some of your effort, as it can be what stands your property out from the competition. 

There are lots of tips out there around photography, but some tips for home photography is to make sure that you don’t have clutter in the photos; keep the home as clean and clutter-free as possible. It is also important to make sure that people or pets aren’t in the photos, as this can make things too personal, and make it hard for a renter to imagine that they would live there. Light is something that is important, so choose the right time of the day to take photos. It is also a good idea to have photos for all areas of the house. If you only feature a couple of rooms, then it can raise questions around what you’re hiding. So just show at least one photo of each room, and then potential renters can get a good idea about what the home really looks like. 

Curb appeal

Curb appeal is something that is important when you’re looking to sell or rent out a home. No matter how nice the inside of the home is, the outside does make a difference. This can be very important if you are just a vacation renter, and will just be renting it out when you’re away. People will be looking for something better than where they live for this kind of rental, so how it looks will make a difference. If you are renting in the winter, then potential renters could be looking for outdoor amenities, for things like fire pits and hot tubs. When renting out in summer months, an outdoor grill can be a good idea, as well as some outdoor space. You could make the most of a patio like the ones from Pergola Company, to make it like an extra space. When you have outdoor space with added privacy, then you’re onto a good thing.


It is a good idea to think about your rental property and having it on the same level as a hotel or a bed and breakfast. Keeping it all clean and in good condition is something that should be done, first and foremost. Making the bathroom fresh and looking good is really vital. If there are areas that need to be improved, then take steps to fix them up as soon as you can. Make sure that there is enough lighting, as well as having faucets that are in great condition, and other fixtures that are working well.


kitchen 2174593 1920Potential renters that are looking at your property may not be thinking about longevity, especially if you are looking to rent it out as a vacation rental. So as a result, the kitchen might not get as much use as it would if a family was living there and cooking there full time. You still need to have plenty of the essentials in, though, like a clean and working oven, microwave, and refrigerator. Simple fixes can be things like repainting, and making sure that cupboards open easily and work well.

Neutral palette

If you are thinking about colors in the home, then for renting, going for a neutral palette can be the best thing to do. Colors like black, white, and cream colors like taupe can go a long way to help to create an environment that is really soothing. It can be a good foundation for color, as adding some pops of color can be a really good thing. Some subtle accents of color can help, as well as a fee bright pops of colors.

Clear out the clutter

If you are putting your house out there for rental, then it becomes something that is going to get compared to a lot of other homes. In order to appeal to lots of potential renters, and to have renters coming back again and again, then you need to have a space for them that helps them to relax, rest, and be themselves. This means that you should avoid having too much clutter in the home. Keep things to a minimum. Personal items should also be kept to a minimum. You don’t want to make someone feel uncomfortable. It can be hard to relax if you’re looking at a stranger’s family photos.

Stage your space

If your property looks good, then it is simple that it will appeal more to potential renters. This can be where staging your space comes in. It is all about styling it to look a certain way, such as decluttering. Getting some artwork on the walls can be another idea for staging, as well as having items like pillows, throws, and accessories around the home. Mirrors can go a long way to open up the pace too, as they can make your home look more and more light, airy, and more spacious. 



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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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