Don’t Forget Curb Appeal When You Fix Up a Duplex Rental..!

Some Before and After Pictures To Make My Case

I probably am preaching to the choir for those of you that read this blog on a regular basis.   However if you are new to this site and are thinking about Investing in Real Estate such as a Duplex, Four-Plex or a Single Family Home, don’t forget to invest in some “curb appeal”.

I’m talking not just the exterior paint.   No I’m talking about landscaping your rental almost like you would a single family home in a nice neighborhood.

Check out this Duplex purchased earlier this year at 9610 Knickers Court in the Rosemont area: 

 Knickers before - 1

Here’s the “before” picture of this property taken shortly before the new Owner started the “Fix Up”.  This is a corner lot and had a lot of over grown shrubs & trees.

 

The Owner did install new roll up garage doors, painted the trim only and put a few $$ in landscaping.  The 3 Bedroom unit on the right does have a Patio Slider off the Master Bedroom.   For a look at what he did see this slide show.    By the way it rented in just a couple of days.

Remember when you add some nice landscaping like the owner did above, you give a prospective tenant some “extra living” space with not only a patio outside the dining area, but also outside the Master Bedroom as well.

 

Now below here is a Duplex that I am a partner in on Lake Natoma Drive in Orangevale.  We had a tenant on the left side that lived there for almost 5 years after we purchased it. When she moved out, do you think it took me long to find a new tenant…?

 Front Page Lake Natoma Drive

Some of the things we did 5 years ago to this duplex were, to paint the exterior & install new roll up garage doors.   We also fixed the sprinkler system & spent a little extra & planted a “big box” Maple Tree. 

 

 

Do you think landscaping makes a difference here?     By the way, this is some what of a busy street, but it rented up after being vacant for only about 3 weeks in late June of this year.

Hey Take a look at this one.   I think you will get my point….

 trovita 1 before

Here is a “before” picture of a former Bank Owned Duplex on a street of large duplexes in Citrus Heights, purchased by a partnership

 

 

 

Click here for a web page that will also show you that if you fix these Duplexes up nicely, you will not have a difficult time finding tenants who will want to pay top dollar to live there. 

So Did I Make My Case Well Enough…?

You are the judge, but all of these units are rented up even though we are in a little bit of an unemployment situation here in the Sacramento Area.

Ask yourself the question, if you were a prospective tenant, do you think you would pick these units over some that weren’t as nicely fixed up when you first pull up to see them….?

I’d appreciate the feed back.

In the Mean Time…?

MAKE IT A GREAT DAY….!

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