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Which Upgrades Will Offer the Best Return on Investment for My Columbia Heights Rental Home?

Landlord Remodeling the Common Area of Their Rental Property in Washington DC

Healthy rental home ownership requires sound, long-term planning. Part of this planning requires adding regular upgrades and improvements to keep your property updated and competitive. Single-family Columbia Heights rental homes are a solid investment but they have to be fully managed to stay profitable and keep property values high. Consistent improvements are vital in maintaining competitive rents and keeping tenants in place. With that said, not all upgrades give back high returns for the cost. To get the most out of every dollar spent on your rental property, it’s focal to make improvements that will have a really big positive impact on your property‘s value and appeal.

Focus on Curb Appeal

The first thing to comprehend regarding property improvements is that the pricey updates do not necessarily extend the most returns. As said by real estate experts, cost-effective fixes and repairs are usually the best starting point. Upgrades that increase a property’s curb appeal tend to cause much higher property values than upgrades on the home’s interior.

For a case in point, updating a garage door endows a swift and essential boost in curb appeal. A quality garage door can straight away update an aging exterior and has less tendency to break down or create problems for years. For tenants trying to use a garage door day after day, that can be a reassuring indicator that the Columbia Heights property manager cares about the appearance and function of the home just the same as the quality of the tenant’s life there.

Similarly, replacing a tacky or unalluring front door can bring about higher appeal and rent. One of the first things a prospective tenant looks at when touring the property is exterior doors, for example, garage doors. For the best first impression possible, choose a quality exterior door for your property that is both secure and visually delightful.

Upgrades for the Heart of the Home

Another upgrade that can turn out profitable is updating the kitchen. A pleasant kitchen is one of the principal reasons tenants pick one rental home over another. Lots of people spend a lot of time in the kitchen and use it as a gathering space for friends and family. Despite that a kitchen upgrade doesn’t need to be expensive, replacing appliances as they wear out or resurfacing cabinets can be greatly helpful toward keeping the kitchen up-to-date and tenants satisfied.

Clean and Current Bathrooms

Clean and contemporary bathrooms are another item that offers measurable results. And there is no need for high-priced fixtures or features. Even a simplistic bathroom can contribute a lot of value to a rental home and continue to draw in tenants long-term. Missing tiles, failing grout or caulk lines, and worn-out cabinets should be replaced as needed to keep things looking clean and current.


You and your tenants benefit when you conscientiously plan your upgrades strategically for maximum impact. At Real Property Management DC Metro, we grant comprehensive property evaluations that can successfully help property owners with planning and making upgrades a convenient part of property management. We also apply market assessments for each rental home and give custom recommendations. This way helps keep every property competitive and rent for the highest amount possible. Contact us online to learn more.


Originally Published on May 17, 2019

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