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8 Ways to Make an Older Home Feel Modern

Arlington Property Manager Installing Modern LightingIf your Arlington rental property is a little older, you may be apprehensive about attracting quality tenants. This is particularly obvious if you have newer rental homes in your local market. It tends to be difficult for an older home to compete against newer ones, mainly if it demands certain updates. By good fortune, there are several things you can do to help your older rental home look more modern and maintain that strong appeal. In actuality, with some time and a little money, you can give your rental home a modern makeover that will not only help you attract tenants but may boost your property values, too. Here’s our list of the best methods to make your older rental home look modern.

  1. Go Bright. The modern look and feel are all about light and space. To make your rental’s interiors look fresher, use light, neutral paint for walls and trim with blasts of bright color as accents. Just don’t apply too many colors at once – generally, a single accent door or wall is all you’ll need.
  2. Open It Up. If your older rental home has a lot of walls dividing the main living areas, think about getting rid of one or more of them. Modern home design is more open-concept, with enormous living areas that flow from space to space. As an illustration, simply removing a wall between the kitchen and dining room can make your rental feel more open and modern inside.
  3. Upgrade Cabinet Hardware and Faucets. In the kitchen, a quick upgrade that can help modernize the room is to replace cabinet hardware and the faucet. Clean, bright lines in your cabinet handles and faucets can have a major difference in the look and feel of the kitchen.
  4. Remove Popcorn Ceilings. If your rental property still has a popcorn ceiling inside, it’s an ideal opportunity to dispose of it. Popcorn ceilings were popular at one time, but now they instantly date a rental home’s interior. Choose a smooth neutral finish on your rental’s ceilings as an alternative.
  5. Opt-Out of Carpet. One more effective procedure to modernize an older rental is to replace carpeted floors with hard surface flooring, such as hard wood-look vinyl planks. Vinyl planks are less expensive compared to carpet and will maybe last much longer than carpet, anyhow. Additionally, it will help your rental’s interior rooms feel more open and airy, which is the core of the modern design.
  6. Upgrade Outlets and Lights. Untidy or old-fashioned electrical outlets and light fixtures can make your rental look horrible. By simply replacing both with new, modern styles, you can build up the contemporary look of any room.
  7. New Doors. Your rental doors are also a great way for modernizing your property. Your rental’s front door, in particular, makes a major contribution to the property’s curb appeal. Consider replacing an old or outdated door with something new and appealing, ideally in a bright, complementary color. A stylish door may offer the welcoming touch your rental needs to remain competitive in today’s rental market.
  8. Smart Locks, Thermostat, and More. At last, today’s modern rental homes include a range of smart upgrades, such as smart locks, smart thermostats, and more. These devices can be controlled from a smartphone and certainly boost the security and efficiency of any property. Your tenants will cherish the convenience and savings, and you will enjoy the boost in rental rates and property values you’ll definitely get as a result.


Would you like to know more about quick and affordable ways to update your rental property? Give Real Property Management Meridian a call! Our Arlington property management team helps rental property owners like you create and maintain profitable rental homes. Contact us online for more information.

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