When a potential tenant walks into your rental unit, they are asking themselves: “Can I see myself living here?”
There are many things you can do to make sure that person says yes, but one of the most effective things you can do is to brighten up your space – it gives it energy and makes it seem larger than it actually is. Not only does it make it easier to get a renter, it also helps you maximize the return you get from your unit.
Here are five things you can do to brighten up your house for a renter.
If you already have a color on your walls that helps brighten a room – wash and clean all of the walls thoroughly. If you don’t, consider a fresh coat of paint.
When you’re using paint to brighten up a room, there are some tips you should follow:
Don’t paint the room white. White actually needs lots of natural light to keep a space bright. Painting a room that lacks natural light white will make it look institutional and defeating.
Use full spectrum paint. Full spectrum paint does not use black to darken or change colors. Instead, it uses mixtures of other colors to get the exact color your want and it is loaded with pigment. No black and more pigment makes it easier to reflect light.
Go with eggshell. An eggshell finish will help reflect even more light and will go just a little bit further when you’re trying to brighten up a room.
2. Keep Surfaces Clear
If you’re showing an apartment or unit with tenants currently living in it, ask them to make sure counters and spaces are free of clutter – even get them to tuck things away, if they must.
When there is more clutter in an area, light is drained because it’s harder to get it to reflect. Too much clutter will make your room seem more dim than it actually is.
3. Darken Floors
Though this sounds counterintuitive, it works. Darkening your floor can really help magnify the lightening effect caused by painting a room a lighter shade. The contrast between the dark floor and light walls is what really makes this tactic work.
4. Change Light Fixtures
I only recommend this if there are serious renovations happen, but it’s effective. Pot lights can brighten up your home and are a fairly budget conscious way to make a big improvement.
It’s not only the type of fixture that matters, but where they are positioned. If you’re building a new unit or, again if you’re undergoing renovations, ensure that all fixtures are evenly distributed. Ignoring this advice will create dark corners in a room and those will make it even harder to brighten an apartment.
5. Add Reflective Accents
I know not every landlord will work on accents in a space, but just adding a few for a showing can help. The easiest way to do this is to hang a mirror, as large as possible, across from a window. When you arrange this layout, it looks like you’ve added a second window to the apartment.
The brighter your space, the easier it will be to rent it out. It might take some work, some elbow grease or a few renovations on your part, but it will be worth it – it will pay off.
What are some ways you brighten up your units for renters? Leave a comment below and let us know.