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Looks Are Everything In A Rental

Ok, ok, we know that location is key, but when your rental is competing against dozens of others

in the same few square miles, it’s your property’s appearance that will set it apart. Today, MTK

Design Group shares a post that will help you elevate your interior and exterior so that your

home stands out. Tips include everything from painting and gardening to how to best protect

your investment.

Start With The Landscaping

Curb appeal matters more than you might think, and a home with a great outdoor space will

draw people in so that they can see the beauty of your interior. Before you start adding

flowerbeds, look at online resources ( is a great place to start) that

give you no-nonsense gardening advice so that you can plan your plants appropriately.

Make A Cute Kitchen

The kitchen is the focal point of any home, rentals included. Spruce up your space with new

kitchen cabinets and countertops. If you can’t afford a complete revamp, be selective and spend

your money wisely on minor upgrades that will have a huge impact. You might, for example,

paint the cabinets - this may set you back as little as $200 = and install a new sink and faucet.

Look Up At Lighting

Any time you are redoing your interior design scheme, one of the first places to start is with your

lighting. Outdated fixtures can date a home quickly. One quick tip from the House Nerd blog is

to pay attention to the ambient lighting in the room. Not only will this affect the comfort of your

space, but different lighting temperatures also change the way your furniture and accessories


Choose A Theme

Having a coherent theme throughout your rental will make it look more put together, especially if

you’re renting a furnished home or apartment. This does not mean that every room has to be

the same color, only that you’re not jolted into a different mood walking from the kitchen to the

bath. Check out this recent modern rustic update by MTK Design Group for inspiration.

Wow With Wallpaper

Wallpaper is no longer the paste, place, and pray endeavor it was just a few decades ago.

Today, you can buy wallpaper in unlimited styles, and many options are available in a peel-and-

stick roll that allows you to easily reposition and remove wallpaper where and when you want.

How To Protect Your Investment

Any time you run a rental, you’re running a business, but your personal financial security may

be on the line. Two smart ways to protect this investment include holding your rental under the

umbrella of an LLC and having the right types of insurance. An LLC puts limited liability on you

so that your personal home and property aren’t targeted if your rental gets sued. To save money

here, do your own state-specific research, and use a formation service instead of hiring an

attorney. As for insurance, Zillow asserts that it might not be required by law, but this is one

inexpensive and responsible way to reduce expenses if one of your tenants damages your


Your rental deserves the same love and attention you give your primary residence. And when

you do so, you’ll open it up to better tenants who are willing to pay more for a beautiful place to

live. Start with landscaping and end with an LLC. When you follow the steps above, you’ll have

a beautiful and highly desirable home; plus, your personal assets won’t be at risk if your new

landlord business gets in legal trouble.


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