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Top Amenities Tenants Look for in a Rental Home

Cape Cod Couple Using a Smart Security SystemWhen you own Cape Cod investment properties, it’s important to know which amenities you should have to appeal to prospective tenants. When your rental house is more appealing, it is faster to rent and keep rented. However, there are countless potential amenities: which ones should you offer? Even though some trends come and go, there are several amenities that top the list year after year. In this article, we’ll explain the top amenities that tenants are looking for in a home.

Air Conditioning

One of the primary items that tenants will ask when searching for a new rental home is air conditioning. This is particularly true in places with hot summers and/or high humidity. If your rental property is in the north, where summers are mild, you at least need a ceiling fan in the living room and each bedroom. Few factors can compensate for the lack of adequate air circulation in a home.

Washer and Dryer

One more amenity that renters want is the opportunity to do laundry at home. It is a significant inconvenience to haul laundry to a laundromat every week, especially for families with children. Most rental homeowners think that it is the tenant’s duty to bring their own washer and dryer with them, but numerous renters don’t own these appliances for a couple of reasons. By including a washer and dryer in your rental home, you can make it much more appealing to renters who want this specific amenity.


Another appliance that is a must-have for a rental house is a dishwasher. Washing dishes by hand is very timewasting, and some renters are willing to return to them if they’ve had a dishwasher in a previous rental home. Dishwashers are not only affordable but also help conserve water and maintain the kitchen clean. If you don’t already have one, consider installing a dishwasher in your rental home to attract more individuals.

Pest Control

A major concern for most renters is the threat of pests invading their rental homes. Few renters are willing to pay for a home with insect problems, whether that be ants in the yard or roaches in the kitchen. By providing a professionally certified pest-free home, you will make your rental stand out from the many other homes prospective renters are likely to consider.

Alarm System

Security is a big concern these days, and so including an alarm system installed in your rental home might make sense for your area and target renters. Alarm systems can be expensive, so you might be likely to charge a bit more in rent each month to help cover the cost over time. An alarm system can be the biggest attraction for potential tenants in high-crime areas, helping you to rent your property out much faster. If a full alarm system is out of budget, make sure you have good deadbolts, chain locks, and window locks installed in all exterior doors and windows.

Professional Maintenance

Many tenants have had upsetting encounters with Cape Cod property managers who don’t do regular maintenance, or if they do, take a long time to address even major problems. By implementing on-demand, quality maintenance, and repair services from a professional, you may attract many tenants who want to avoid a repeat of such incidents. Regardless if you can do basic maintenance yourself, you may still need to think about entrusting your rental property maintenance to a professional management company. This will ensure that your tenants are well taken care of while still allowing you to focus on other tasks.

Would you like more ideas about how to turn your rental property into one that tenants will be eager to rent? Give Real Property Management Associates a call, or contact us online! Our team works with investment property owners to improve occupancy rates, streamline the rental process, and ensure that your property is one that your tenants will want to stay in long-term.

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