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8 Best Rental Home Improvement Ideas on a Budget

Modern, Newly Remodeled Kitchen with Painted Cabinets and New Light FixturesAs a Hillcrest rental property owner, it’s important to keep your property updated and in good condition. However, this does not mean it has to cost a fortune. There are a lot of inexpensive upgrades to your rental house that you can do to change the overall appearance of the home. Here are eight of the best home improvement ideas that don’t need a ton of time or money to complete.

1. Paint the Kitchen Cabinets.

Do you think the kitchen cabinets in your Hillcrest rental house need replacement? Try painting them in solid colors or even patterns! For only the cost of the paint, you can transform your rental home’s kitchen and give it a custom look.

2. Add New Cabinet Hardware.

When it comes to home improvements, even small changes can make a big difference. Add new cabinet handles and drawer pulls and see your kitchen get an instant uplift. All you’ll need is a screwdriver!

3. Add New Light Switch and Outlet Cover Plates.

A quick fix that offers a lot of bang for your buck is the easy replacement of your broken, yellowed, or missing light switches or outlet plates. Bright and clean cover plates are simple upgrades that can greatly improve the overall appearance of your property.

4. Install New Light Fixtures or Bulbs.

Another easy and inexpensive upgrade is light fixtures. Good lighting in your rental house makes a very big difference. Change your dated or dirty light fixtures, and replace them with something new. You can even upgrade existing light fixtures by just changing the bulbs. Having matching bulbs in ceiling fans, vanity lights, and other accessories can instantly improve the look of any room.

5. Replace the Faucets.

An easy improvement for both the kitchen and bathrooms is simply to replace old faucets. This is also good, as taps tend to stop working efficiently over time. New faucets won’t cost you much and are very easy to replace using basic tools.

6. Replace the Bathroom Vanity.

Bathroom vanity cabinets are a simple fix for aging bathrooms. Give your bathroom a simple upgrade by switching out your worn-out bathroom cabinets for a new vanity. Bathroom vanities are relatively inexpensive and can definitely spruce up any bathroom.

7. Add Trim or Crown Molding.

Wall trim is also an easy improvement that adds an air of elegance to any living space. Baseboards and door trim quickly become eyesores with their wear and tear. Replacing the trim with a newer style gives any room an instant upgrade. Going for a refined look? You can achieve that by adding chair rail (wall trim) or crown molding to the main living area or bedrooms. Trim is easy to install but can have a big impact.

8. Create a Feature Wall.

Rental house interiors often look the same. Make your property stand out by adding a feature wall. A feature element that looks built-in can be your feature wall. You can also simply just have a wall painted a bold color. You can even add shelves, valances, or a high plant shelf in the rooms to grab the attention of a great new tenant.

When it comes to property improvements, even a few small projects can have a big impact. With just the basic tools and inexpensive materials, you can transform your rental house into a home your tenants will love. Contact us online if you’re looking for a Hillcrest property manager for your newly renovated rental.

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