The rental market can be a highly competitive one. And, as a property manager or owner of an apartment or office property, you know just how important a few essential updates can be. There are a number of remodeling projects potential and current renters hope for and knowing what they are can really help you get a leg up on the competition. Here is a brief rundown of what the most commonly requested tenant improvements are and why potential tenants seek them out in a place to lease.
Windows – First, when considering any large scale tenant improvements before renting your property, new and improved windows should be at the top of your list. Older properties in particular will benefit from updated windows. Newer, insulated windows are one of the very first features a potential tenant looks for, especially if they will be responsible for paying heating and cooling bills. New windows will regulate the inside temperature, therefore increasing energy efficiency.
Storage – How are the closets? In this day and age, ample storage is an absolute essential for any home or office. Potential renters want to ensure there will be enough room to store clothing, toiletries, files, and more. While you cannot increase the size of your property, there are several ways to increase the size of your storage. You can create storage space where it didn’t exist before, as well as make the most out of the storage areas you already have.
Clean Walls, New Paint – This is an essential one. Whether or not you have the time and budget for large scale tenant improvements, you should never turn over a rental property without giving the entire place a fresh coat of paint. Freshly painted walls lend an overall cleaner look and shows renters you put the time and effort into getting it ready for future residents.
Kitchen & Bathroom Renovations – Small but impactful details, such as new faucets, light fixtures, backsplashes, and energy efficient appliances will update the look of the unit and make it more appealing to potential tenants. If you can only focus on one or two areas during your next round of tenant improvements, make it the kitchen or the bathroom.
Amenities – Add tenant-attracting amenities to other areas of the building. Put in a new fitness center, common area or laundry room to increase your building’s renting potential. With today’s emphasis on healthy living, having an on-site fitness center is an attractive feature for your building to have; whether you rent apartments, offices or otherwise.