Is your rental property a bit of a dump? Are you competing with other listings that are far nicer? In order to get a competitive rate for your rental, you’ll need to make a few improvements. Thankfully, these improvements don’t have to be costly or time intensive.

Boost the Appeal of Your Rental Property

When the bones of a house are good—i.e. the foundation, roof, electrical, plumbing, etc.—everything else can be dealt with relatively easily and inexpensively. So stop complaining that your rental never stays rented, or that the landlords nearby are getting a much higher rate for similar properties, and do something about it. In a week or less, you can boost the appeal of your property by addressing some key cosmetic issues that are likely holding you back.

Here’s how.

1. Curb Appeal

Let’s start with curb appeal—something prospective renters are exposed to before ever stepping foot inside. First impressions are everything and can consciously and subconsciously impact the way people think about your rental on multiple levels. Thankfully, curb appeal is one of the quickest things to fix.

For a couple hundred dollars and a few hours of your time, you can pull weeds, trim shrubs, mow the lawn, pressure wash hard surfaces, plant fresh flowers, replace house numbers, and make the rental seem a little more homey.

Related: 13 Proactive Ways to Increase Rent & Add Value to Your Rental Property

2. Window Treatments

You probably don’t think a whole lot about the window treatments in your rental property, but they make a huge difference. Visually, they have a way of making a room feel more comfortable and put-together. Comfort-wise, they help control the temperature in the home. They also enhance privacy and security within…