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8 Ways to Make an Older Home Feel Modern

Blackfoot Property Manager Installing Modern LightingIf your Blackfoot rental property is somewhat older, you may be concerned about attracting quality tenants. This is particularly true if you have newer rental homes in your local market. It can be challenging for an older home to compete against newer ones, particularly if it needs specific updates. Luckily, there are several things that you can do to help your older rental home look more modern and maintain that strong appeal. Actually, with some time and a little bit of money, you can give your rental home a modern makeover that will not just 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 seem brighter, use light, neutral paint for walls and trim with pops of bright color as accents. Just don’t opt for too many colors at once – a single accent door or wall is generally 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 tearing one or more of them away. Modern home design is more open-concept, with huge living areas that flow from space to space. Simply removing a wall between the kitchen and dining room, for instance, can make your rental feel more open and modern inside.
  3. Upgrade Cabinet Hardware and Faucets. In the kitchen, a fast upgrade that can greatly modernize the room is to replace cabinet hardware and the faucet. Clean, bright lines in your cabinet handles and faucets can make a significant difference in the look and feel of the kitchen.
  4. Remove Popcorn Ceilings. If your rental property doest have a popcorn ceiling hiding inside, it’s better to dispose of it. Popcorn ceilings were stylish at one time, but now they instantly date a rental home’s interior. Choose for a smooth neutral finish on your rental’s ceilings.
  5. Opt-Out of Carpet. One more excellent option to modernize an older rental is to replace carpeted floors with hard surface flooring, like sturdy wood-look vinyl planks. Vinyl planks are not more expensive when compared to carpet and will definitely last much longer than carpet, anyway. Also, it will help your rental’s interior rooms feel more open and airy, which is the essence of modern design.
  6. Upgrade Outlets and Lights. Unpleasant or old-fashioned electrical outlets and light fixtures can make your rental seem unattractive. By simply replacing both with new, modern styles, you can improve the contemporary look of any room.
  7. New Doors. Your rental doors are also a great choice for modernizing your property. Your rental’s front door, before anything else, is a significant portion of your property’s curb appeal. Think about replacing an old or outdated door with something unique and fresh, ideally in a bright, complementary color. A gorgeous door can bring the welcoming touch your rental needs to remain competitive in today’s rental market.
  8. Smart Locks, Thermostat, and More. Lastly, today’s modern rental homes include a range of smart upgrades, such as smart locks, smart thermostats, etc. These devices can be controlled from a smartphone and help improve the security and efficiency of any property. Your tenants will enjoy the convenience and savings, and you will appreciate the boost in rental rates and property values you’ll probably get as a result.


Would you like to know more about easy and affordable ways to update your rental property? Give Real Property Management Pocatello a call! Our Blackfoot 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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