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8 Ways to Make an Older Home Feel Modern

Hurricane Property Manager Installing Modern LightingIf your Hurricane rental property is slightly older, you may be bothered about attracting quality tenants. This is particularly the case if you have newer rental homes in your local market. It can be tough for an older home to compete against newer ones, primarily if it requires certain updates. Happily, there are a number of things that you can do to help your older rental home look more modern and maintain that strong appeal. In fact, with a little time and a bit of 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 effective approaches 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 brighter, use light, neutral paint for walls and trim with flashes of bright color as accents. Just don’t use too many colors at once – a single accent door or wall is often all you’ll need.
  2. Open It Up. If your older rental home has a lot of walls dividing the main living areas, consider taking one or more of them down. Modern home design is more open-concept, with large living areas that flow from space to space. Simply removing a wall between the kitchen and dining room, for example, can make your rental feel more open and modern inside.
  3. Upgrade Cabinet Hardware and Faucets. In the kitchen, a straightforward upgrade that may help modernize the room is to replace cabinet hardware and the faucet. Clean, bright lines in your cabinet handles and faucets can make a tremendous difference in the look and feel of the kitchen.
  4. Remove Popcorn Ceilings. If your rental property still has a popcorn ceiling lurking inside, it’s better to dispose of it. Popcorn ceilings were trendy at one time, but now they instantly date a rental home’s interior. Pick a smooth neutral finish on your rental’s ceilings instead.
  5. Opt-Out of Carpet. Another wonderful idea to modernize an older rental is to replace carpeted floors with hard surface flooring, such as long-lasting wood-look vinyl planks. Vinyl planks are not more expensive than carpet and will certainly last much longer than carpet, anyway. Furthermore, it will help your rental’s interior rooms feel more open and airy, which is the concept of modern design.
  6. Upgrade Outlets and Lights. Unsightly or old-fashioned electrical outlets and light fixtures can make your rental appear unpleasant. By simply replacing both with new, modern styles, you can upgrade the contemporary look of any room.
  7. New Doors. Your rental doors are also a perfect pick for modernizing your property. Your rental’s front door, in particular, benefits your property’s curb appeal. Think about replacing an old or outdated door with something new and fresh, preferably in a bright, complementary color. A stunning door can give the welcoming touch your rental needs to keep on competitive in today’s rental market.
  8. Smart Locks, Thermostat, and More. In the end, today’s modern rental homes include a range of smart upgrades, such as smart locks, smart thermostats, and all that. These devices can be controlled from a smartphone and assist in improving the security and efficiency of any property. Your tenants will like the convenience and savings, and you will cherish the boost in rental rates and property values you’ll probably get as a result.


Would you like to know more about quick and affordable ways to update your rental property? Give Real Property Management Southern Utah a call! Our Hurricane 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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