As a Dallas rental property owner, one of the greatest ways to maintain your properties profitably is to make them as low-maintenance as possible. By lowering your maintenance expenditures, you can improve your cash flow and save more money for future investments. The good news is that creating a low-maintenance rental home may be done in a variety of inexpensive and efficient methods. These techniques could be useful if you are overspending on home upkeep in terms of both time and money.
The primary step to making your rental property more low-maintenance is to choose the right materials for repairs and improvements. Low maintenance is not the same as low quality. Lots of quality materials are more sturdy and easier to keep clean than the cheaper, low-grade kind. Flooring is one area where this is especially true. Sensible property owners typically choose tile or vinyl for low-maintenance floors that will keep their appeal for many years. Tile and vinyl work well in kitchens, bathrooms, hallways, and other high-traffic areas. And both are easy to keep clean.
Opt for Scrubbable Surfaces
A further simple but effective strategy to reduce maintenance in your rental’s interiors is to select a paint finish, bathtub surround, or backsplash that is easy to clean. For instance, think about painting your rental’s walls with high-quality semi-gloss paint. Unlike flat paint, which can be hard to clean and may stain easily, semi-gloss or even gloss paint tends to hold up better to heavy wear. Consider using glossy paint in the kitchen to make those walls stain-resistant. If you’ve got tile in the bathrooms, consider installing a fiberglass surround right over the top. These products are somewhat budget-friendly and stay looking nice longer than grout lines. You may even consider adding a backsplash in the kitchen behind appliances and counters. A backsplash is easier to clean than a painted wall and will reduce the amount of re-painting you’ll need to do between tenants.
Your rental property’s yard is as important as the interior, so keeping your landscaping looking neat and appealing is important. To guarantee that the landscaping is also low-maintenance, select a landscaping design that will require minimal trimming and mowing to stay nice. For instance, think about adding some raised flower beds around the edges instead of covering the entire yard in grass. When filled with a rich wood mulch, this can instantly upgrade the look of any yard while keeping it easy to maintain. Also, choose plants native to your climate and easy to care for. This can help keep your trees, shrubs, and flowers healthy and reduce the burden of landscaping care for your Dallas property manager and tenants.
Don’t forget to consider some low-maintenance charging and lighting solutions as you plan your upgrades. Although pendant lights and chandeliers may be attractive, they are easily broken and over time gather dust and bugs. Select practical lighting of high quality that is fixed firmly against the ceiling to reduce maintenance. Additionally, choosing light fixtures that make it simple for tenants to replace fixtures when necessary is a good idea. As an added selling factor, think about upgrading your electrical outlets to incorporate plug-ins for cell phones and other technological devices. In addition to drawing in more renters, this may also help avoid issues like blown fuses.
Perform Comprehensive Maintenance
Finally, one of the best ways to create and own a low-maintenance rental is to have a comprehensive maintenance plan. Your maintenance plan should include interior and exterior maintenance tasks and a schedule of when each task should be completed. Carrying out routine maintenance every month is essential to preventing expensive emergency repairs and keeping your rental as low-maintenance as possible.
Originally Published on December 18, 2020
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