There are so many gross, creepy and wrong things that can go down at open inspections for rentals.
Just because we’re renting, doesn’t mean we don’t deserve a home with modern inclusions, right? If you’re looking for a new rental, it pays to not only be organised with the application process – but also know what you’re not willing to compromise on.
We’ve seen some big blunders at open homes for rent. To avoid committing the same crimes, here are seven tips for what potential renters actually want to see.
1. A shower head that’s not from the 1950s
Why landlords insist on installing ancient shower heads in bathrooms is beyond me.
Renters do appreciate one that sprays more than a few measly squirts of water a minute.
They aren’t even that pricey to purchase and fit, so get it together on the shower front, Brenda. I’ll take mine in a matte-black finish, thanks.
2. Carpet that’s not from a horror film
Crunchy carpet is not an interior trend, nor is the notion that because a home will be tenanted, you don’t have to care about comfort or quality.
Give potential tenants some respect by installing fresh carpet, and they’ll give you respect back by looking after it.
Nobody wants to see stained carpet at an open house. This isn’t CSI.
3. A built-in wardrobe with mirrored doors
Storage is just as important to renters as it is home owners. Actually, because renters can’t install shelves on walls I’d argue that storage is even more vital.
Renters will never leave if you go for beautiful mirrored built-ins.
With that in mind, give them built-in wardrobes in bedrooms, and make sure they’re mirrored while you’re at it.
Just because you’re renting doesn’t mean you don’t like to look at yourself. Am I right?
4. A dishwasher – any sort of dishwasher!
I don’t care if his name’s Dishpig Dan and he comes with the apartment – if he’ll wash my dishes, he’s in like Flynn.
In all seriousness, though, renters want all the mod cons that home owners do, and a dishwasher is a convenience most need and expect.
The brand really isn’t important, just make sure it works.
5. Any lighting that’s not oyster
Another thing landlords love to do is install horrible 7-Eleven lighting in rental homes.
Oyster lights are the main offenders here and the inventor of them has some serious explaining to do.
There’s so much more to lighting than oyster lights. Consider pendants, LED and zoned lighting schemes.
Ban all cold lights in a rental property and opt for something warm and inviting. If you build it, quality tenants will come.
6. Window treatments that aren’t verticals
Hands up who’s been to an open house and seen verticals with a few blinds missing and those creepy cords ripped to shreds like Cujo’s run wild? Yep, me too!
Soft curtains are so much more serene than the eyesore that is vertical blinds.
Verticals are the devil’s work and must be stopped at once.
No tenant deserves this sort of window ‘fashion’ thrust upon them.
7. Mould-free walls (it’s not that hard)
If you see a few spots in the corners of rooms at an open house, run for the hills. If those spots look a little green in places, leave the tri-state area and never return.
Seriously, moving into a rental home with mould issues is a horrendous event you do not want to attend.
Don’t underestimate the impact of bright, mould-free walls.
Landlords, please sort out damp issues, repaint with mould-resistant paint, and make sure the property is well ventilated.