Property Management Blog

Low Maintenance Options for Your Rental Homes

While there is no perfect formula for making your investment home easy to maintain while still appealing to tenants, we have a few suggestions that may help:

  • Paint – use satin or semi-gloss for easier clean up and stick with neutral tones
  • Flooring – use tile for high traffic areas. For carpet, go with darker earth tones with a random pattern (helps to hide any stains); Laminate and wood flooring may buckle, warp or shift over time so it is not recommended for rental homes
  • Install door stops – this can eliminate accidental holes in the drywall
  • Landscaping – install native drought resistant plants for easier upkeep
  • Kitchens – heavy duty is best so investing in good Formica countertops and quality cabinets so they stand up to daily wear and tear of use
  • Fixtures – a good low cost way to freshen up the home is with updated light fixtures and faucet fixtures; Brushed nickel is a good option for a clean look
  • Services – include services such as pool maintenance and landscaping to ensure the property always looks its best
  • Annual contracts – contract for services such as pest control, HVAC, water system, pool/hot tub maintenance to eliminate issues with emergency service calls during tenancy
  • Prepare for showings – have the property in the best condition possible for showings to show the home is well cared for
  • Cleaning between tenants – hire professional cleaners to go over entire home and clean carpet/flooring
  • Remotes batteries – always replace batteries for all remotes including garage door opener, ceiling fans, etc.