Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

3 Outdoor Home Features that Renters are Crazy For

If you own a number of rental properties, you might wonder what people are looking for when they rent a home. Some families might need three or four bedrooms, while other renters might feel like that’s too much room. And, of course, most people are looking for a functional kitchen with updated appliances. If you’re looking for a few ways to go over the top to impress prospective renters, there are many features that you can add to your backyard. Here are some of the ones that renters are most looking to find.

Fire Pit

A fire pit is a great place to entertain guests or just sit outside with close family members. Not only does is provide heat and a great place to roast marshmallows and hot dogs, but fire pits also get conversations flowing naturally. A fire pit is an appealing feature to have in many backyards, but you should check the restrictions of the municipality in which the house is located. Some places might have restrictions on distance from the house and other safety concerns. Also, there are many types of fire pits on the market, so don’t feel restricted. Keep in mind that a great fire pit should be surrounded by comfortable outdoor furniture. You want to create an outdoor space where people want to gather around the fire. With both of these elements, potential renters will be thrilled with the space. 


Especially if the house is located in an area that stays hot all year round, a pool can attract a lot of renters. Who doesn’t want to go outside and take a dip on a scorching day? You can choose to put in an inground pool or an above-ground one. Maybe take the time to find out what the neighbors in the area have so that you can match what you buy to what makes sense for the neighborhood. If you have a pool already, enhance your pool area with fun features that make spending time outdoors an enjoyable experience.


As basic as this sounds, many renters want to know if the property has a fence around the backyard. One of the reasons that this feature is important to many people is that fences add privacy and security. A fence can prevent a stray animal or child from walking onto your property without your knowledge, which is especially important if you have a pool. But even if the property doesn’t have a pool, a fence is still a practical addition for people with pets. For example, many people would like the ability to let their dogs run free in the yard, but don’t feel safe doing so unless there is a fence. When you’re choosing a fence, there are many fencing options, including repairing an existing fence that is already on the property.

If you want to know what you can do to make your properties more appealing to prospective renters, you can also take a look at what other rental homes in the area have. This will give you a better idea of what you need to add to keep your property competitive without spending lots of money on features that are too extravagant for the neighborhood.

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