Affordable Bathroom Upgrades for Your Rental

by Scott on November 15, 2017

When it comes to bathrooms, luxury rules. Even in low-end apartment rentals, tenants have become accustomed to multiple sinks, deep bathtubs and shiny fixtures. The good news? Even if your rental doesn’t include a fancy bathroom, it’s easy and affordable to spruce up the room. Cal Bay Property Management’s Scott Safadi says that inexpensive bathroom updates are the key to increasing your property value and appealing to new tenants.
Don’t want to take on a big project right now? Painting the bathroom a new shade can bring an older bathroom into the 21st century. Neutral colors are always a good idea, or try a soft pastel that will appeal to virtually any renter. A little paint can go a long way!
Replacing light fixtures is also a great way to modernize an outdated bathroom. Watch for a sale at your local home improvement store. Many times, you can get sleek and shiny fixtures on sale for under $20. The replacement process is easy, too. There’s no faster or affordable way to bring up to date!
Upgrades to the shower itself can be a big draw to prospective tenants. Rainfall shower heads are more popular than ever right now, but opt instead for a dual-head shower head that’s hand held. It’s as functional as it is fun to use. Even a basic bathroom can feel like a spa with one of these shower heads.
Green upgrades to the bathroom can make you and your tenants feel better about the resources you use. Low-flow toilets and shower heads are both good options for inexpensive and relatively easy upgrades that help make the world a little greener.
Even replacing hardware around the bathroom can spruce up the room. Swap out old towel racks and drawer pulls with something sleeker and shinier. You’ll be amazed how these tiny changes can update a rental’s character.
No matter how you choose to update your rental’s bathroom, doing so is sure to increase the value of your property and draw in some new prospective tenants. Just be sure not to bite off more than you can chew. From a financial perspective, these investments can be minor and gradual. If you’re not the handiest of landlords, make sure you have help from the maintenance staff before installing anything you’re not confident about.
– Scott Safadi, Cal Bay Property Management

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Every trade has its tools, and property managers need more than most. That’s why we’ve assembled a list of seven must-have tools for everyone who rents a home or apartment. Tenants, too, can benefit from assembling a tool kit of things to make their lives at their rental home a little easier.
Scott Safadi of Cal Bay Property Management recommends adding these products to your Christmas list – or gathering up what you already own and keeping them in a central location. A toolbox will work, and it doesn’t need to be anything fancy. Most hardware stores sell starter toolboxes with many of the materials recommended on our list. It’s a great place to start if you find yourself scrambling for tools.
Here are the seven things you need to ensure daily success as a property manager:
A first aid kit. Regardless of how much or how little repair work you do yourself, having a first aid kit on hand is always a good idea. Be sure it contains bandaids, gauze, aspirin and medical tape. You never know when this kind of kit may be necessary, so prep for the worst case scenario!
A step stool. Even the tallest among us will struggle to reach something now and then. This is especially true of anyone regularly changing smoke detector batteries or lightbulbs. For the times when you don’t need to bust out the ladder, a step stool is invaluable.
Duct tape. Good for keeping just about anything together, you can never have too much duct tape on hand. Keep a roll around for emergencies, but also for the times when you just can’t justify a total repair. And why would you, when duct tape exists?
Baking soda and spare washcloths. Good for removing just about any stain before it sets in, baking soda is a property manager’s best friend. Keep some handy just in case!
Spackle. Every tenant, no matter how conscientious, is going to leave behind a few holes in the wall when they move out. Spackle is a quick, easy and affordable way to make minor repairs to drywall between tenants.
Flash lights. When the power goes out or you need to crawl into a dark spot, you’ll be grateful you had a flash light handy.
Screwdrivers. These should come standard with any starter toolbox, but having a couple of phillip’s head and flathead screwdrivers around is always a good idea.
– Scott Safadi, Cal Bay Property Management

 

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