When renting your property, as with any other line of business, one of the most important things is your ability to present your product in best light. When it comes to rental properties, there are several things that everyone is looking for. For instance, the heating system, well-maintained plumbing, naturally, the cost of the rent.

Still, this is not all that will determine your success in renting your property. Aesthetics can be important, too. With this in mind, what can you do in order to raise your business to the next level? Equipping your property with additional furniture and upgrading it is an extremely effective method to do this, but can often prove to be both expensive and not as cost-effective. Painting your rental property, however, is something that is cheap, simple enough that you can do it yourself, and truly worth all the effort invested.

Reinvigorate Your Interior

The first thing that you can do to completely reinvigorate your rental property is to paint the interior walls. Modern psychology supports the notion that colors affect both mental and physical health of all who observe them. When taken into consideration that we are talking about people who are meant to spend their days, months and years in the same rooms and same colors everywhere, we can easily see how this could turn out to be a thing of major significance.

This can also turn out to be quite important for you in your renting efforts, since your room will never have two chances to make a good first impression. The best thing about painting your interior is the fact that it is one of the easiest things you can do on your own. Do some research on how to paint a room on your own, get all that you need in order to start and you will be well on your way to completely transforming your rental property and give it a new life.

Prepare Your Walls First

The most important thing for you to be aware of, when preparing to paint your walls, is the fact that you need to do all the preparations first. In a recent chat with reputed suppliers of premium paints, it was brought to my attention that the key in successful painting lies in scraping, sanding, patching and filling every hole and imperfection in your wall before you start applying color. Although some less patient people may consider this step to be nothing more than a waste of time, just remember one thing: the more effort you invest at the beginning, the less time you will have to spend covering your own mistakes later.

Start Applying Paint

Now that you have all other things covered, you can start with the very act of painting. Chose the color that you think will suit your walls the best and get it mixed at your local hardware store. Choose a paint with the primer in it, thus improving adhesive properties of your paint, making it seem more effective, more transparent and more natural. Also, do not be afraid to use extensions or ladders, for ceilings or other places that would otherwise be hard to reach. And another thing, before starting with any of the aforementioned work, do not forget to first protect floors and furniture from getting stained.

With some minor effort, you can raise the value of your property significantly by simply applying some paint on its walls. It is as simple as it sounds, but can do wonders for the general value of your rental property.

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  • Nicole

    What type of paint sheen do you suggest using for a rental unit? Flat, eggshell, satin, glossy, etc…

    In my opinion, glossy paints don’t look as good as eggshell & satin ones (but glossy is a lot easier to clean).

    Thanks.

    • Amanda Mears

      I’m not the original author, but I repainted all the glossy walls in my apartment with an eggshell paint and it’s so much better. I think imperfection stand out too much with glossy paint and I live in an old building where imperfections are plentiful. Eggshell is a good middle of the road paint and doesn’t seem to get as dirty as flat paint.