By Property Management Systems
PORTLAND, Ore. If you own a Portland Oregon Rental Property one of the most important things you can do before renting that property is to stage it because staging your rental property will help you to draw attention to the top assets that your rental has to offer while playing down some of its drawbacks.
Although many people think that staging a rental property may be unnecessary in today’s rental market the reality is that staging your Portland Oregon Rental Property will attraction the right attention from potential renters and give you the opportunity to make your rental stand out from other properties in the area.
Staging a rental property also works because it helps a Portland Oregon Rental Property to look more like a home that a prospective tenant could imagine themselves living in and best of all staging also helps someone to think about how they could use the space in your rental property rather than just seeing pictures of rooms with expertly vacuumed carpeting.
Are you still on the fence about staging your rental property? No problem! In this article, we will share with you simple tips you can use to stage your Portland Oregon Rental property yourself.
Tip #1 – Choose the Right Furnishings for your Portland Oregon Rental Property
The first thing to do when it comes to staging your rental is to choose the right furnishings for your property that are also a reflection of where your rental is located in Portland.
For example: If your rental property is a condo, town home or apartment that’s located downtown and you want to attract Millennials, you should choose modern furnishings that are a reflection of their tastes compared to a single family home in the suburbs where you might want to choose furnishings that would be ideal for families with children.
When staging a rental property you should also keep in mind the season because the fall and winter months will give you some excellent opportunities to stage your rental property in Portland so that it gets people thinking about spending the holidays there.
It’s also important to remember that if your rental property is currently unfurnished, you can rent the right furniture while your property is for rent. Just make sure that tenants are aware that the unit will come unfurnished so they won’t expect the same furniture to be there when they move in.
Tip #2 – Show Your Tenants How To Use Each Room
With staging, one of the key things you need to do is show potential tenants how to use each space in your Portland Oregon Rental Property because the more ways they know how to use the space that your rental property offers them, the more inclined they will be to rent your property.
Example: If you’re renting a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home in Portland you could stage one of the rooms in the home as an office so that people who currently work from home could envision themselves working in that space.
Use of space is critical when staging a home, especially under the stairs, on patios, or porches, so remember to make the space that you have to work with count because you want to show tenants that your rental property has a lot of potential for them regardless of the square footage that it offers them.
Tip #3 – Emphasize the Best Features Your Portland Oregon Rental Has To Offer
Let’s say that your Portland Oregon Rental Property has great built-ins, a kitchen greenhouse window, fireplace, or bay window, you should highlight these features in your rental property with staging because it’s easy for any prospective renter to pass up the best features that a rental property offers them unless the owner takes the time to highlight those features with staging or point them out when they are showing the rental to potential tenants.
Tip #4 – Don’t Forget About Eliminating Nasty Smells in Your Rental
Did you know that if a Portland Rental Property smells bad some renters may pass it up in favor of other rentals? This is why you should do everything you can to eliminate smells in your home before you decide to show your property to renters
Some of the best ways to get rid of smells in a rental property include: painting interior walls, cleaning carpets, refinishing wood floors, painting the ceiling (if needed) and removing any trash inside or outside the rental property that may have been left from the previous tenants.
Unfortunately if your home for rent in Portland Oregon still smells after you’ve cleaned and painted it you can still make it smell better for potential tenants when they arrive to view it by placing dryer sheets in the vents if you plan on turning on the heat or A/C, burning scented candles in the home, or opening all of the windows in the rental property to air it out at least 30 minutes before you plan on showing the rental.
Tip #5 – Put You in a Renters Shoes
Once you’ve done everything you can to prepare and stage your rental property in Portland for rent you should put yourself in your tenant’s shoes and ask yourself if there’s anything else that can be done to make your rental property stand out and appeal to your perfect tenants.
Can’t think of what else you can do to stage or improve your rental property? You should hire a professional stager or interior decorator for 1 hour because their knowledge / advice could be what you need to finalize staging and make your rental property stand out and appeal to your ideal tenants.
Tip #6 – Think About Curb Appeal
Last of all, but most important, don’t skimp when it comes to curb appeal at your Portland Oregon Rental Property, especially if your rental is just a condo, apartment or town home because how your rental property presents on the outside will impact what your ideal tenant expects to see on the inside.
Some simple things you can do to improve curb appeal include:
- Pulling weeds.
- Planting new flowers
- Cleaning the porch light or exterior lights.
- Painting the front door and mailbox.
- Placing a welcome mat in front of the door.
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