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The Pros and Cons of Newport News Rental Property Upgrades

Rental property with hardwood flooring and granite countertops; upgraded kitchen.
Rental properties need updates as time goes by to maintain their appeal and value. Antiquated fixtures and worn-out interiors can lessen rental income.


It’s important to attentively choose the right time to update them. Replacing carpets, repainting walls, and updating appliances every few years is a good starting point. With that said, extensive upgrades in particular granite countertops or hardwood flooring might not be worth the cost. Seriously considering the benefits and disadvantages, the pros and cons can make the decision much more manageable.

The Pros

Upgrading rental properties can make them more attractive to potential tenants. When renting a home, tenants often seek out properties that present features and amenities that align with their chosen lifestyle. To attract potential renters, timely upgrading your rental property with modern kitchen appliances, bathroom fixtures, and other wonderful features may be necessary.


After renovating your rental properties, you can count on and expect to increase the rent on a refurbished rental home, depending on your market. Quality upgrades can attract potential residents agreeable to pay more for a better living experience. These residents are also, on top of everything else, more likely to take better care of the property, which can develop the long-term profitability of your rental properties.


Besides that, utilizing quality materials for upgrades can add value to your rental properties and make longer their lifespan. With long-lasting value and return on your investment, using higher-quality materials are an excellent choice for rental property owners.

The Cons

When planning to upgrade your rental property, guaranteeing that the upgrades add value is salient. Overspending on upgrades can instigate an expensive cost that might not be recoverable. Upgrades demand an initial cash investment, so considering your budget and making sure you have a good deal of cash flow to cover the cost of home improvements while waiting for future returns is central.


Before you choose to upgrade your rental property, you must go over the potential disadvantage of overpricing it. One way to avoid losing out on potential tenants is to inspect comparable properties in your area and know whether your updated property’s price point is sound. This will help guarantee that you’re offering a fair price and staying competitive in the market.


It is indeed pretty basic to understand that not all upgrades will increase the value or demand for your property. You should take the time to perceive which upgrades are relevant and which ones are not. This will help you avoid costly upgrades that do not add value to your rental property.

Deciding on Property Renovation

If you’re not at all sure as to whether your rental homes are getting enough attention from potential residents, take on upgrading them to keep up with the competition. If your rental properties have an outdated design and feel that may not appeal to many renters, bringing on a plan to renovate and modernize the homes can be a great approach.


You can enhance your rental properties’ overall appearance and functionality by implementing upgrades in particular new appliances, updated flooring, fresh paint, and modern fixtures. These upgrades will extend to your rental homes a fresh look and make them more appealing to renters.


Contact us today for more information on seriously optimizing and maximizing returns on your real estate investments in Newport News and the surrounding area. Real Property Management VA Peninsula can offer expert advice on management and real estate investment matters. Call us at 757-251-9188.


Originally Published on August 31, 2018

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