Staging a Rental Property

by Siobhan Cerney

Posted on 2019-10-07 10:17:01


Staging a Rental Property


First impressions are everything, and staging a property is one of the ways to do this. However, this is usually the case when selling a property, and not when renting. The question is, should you stage a rental property too?

The whole point of staging a property is to get people to imagine themselves living in the residence and be inclined to move in. If you want to inspire these prospective tenants to say “yes”, staging can’t hurt. If you’re in an area that has not had trouble getting good tenants to rent, then staging may not even be necessary. Renting is usually seen as an option just to live somewhere and not have the commitment of something permanent.

Additionally, a fresh coat of paint can go a long way for rentals and making sure the unit is cleaned including appliances. Once completed, hire a professional photographer to take pictures of the property so you can get to rent!

On the flip side though, if you are in a competitive area with high rental rates, staging may be required to draw tenants to rent your unit. Something as simple as a doormat could turn the tide since people want to get the impression that their landlord is thoughtful. Keep everything simple! 

Simple fixes to make rental grab attention:

  • Fill any empty surfaces with actual items such as towels on a towel rack in the bathroom or kitchen, soaps near sinks, hang a shower curtain
  • Put a bookcase up with a few books in place
  • Have a stand-in bed in the bedrooms with a lamp or side table present
  • Put a planter outside and a few foldable chairs around an outdoor table (if there is a yard)
  • Strong lighting throughout such as overhead lighting and let in any natural light
  • Hang a few clothing items in the closets and use an organizational
  • Shampoo the carpets
  • Install a closet organizer in the bedroom(s)

Many items can be found at a discount store for cheap and they are simple add-ons to real a renter in. You always want your property to look its best and keeping up with the basics is easy enough. As with any situation, if you put more effort and thought into something, you’ll typically get the effect that’s desired. 

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