Southwestern Management And Realty Team

3 Ways to Make Your Rental Irresistible to Potential Renters

best property management company las vegasThere is nothing worse than a vacant property. Everyday your rental sits empty between occupancies is money out the window.

So, what’s the deal? Why is the property vacant?

The reason could be that potential renters just don’t like the look of the place — and it may be time for a minor residential makeover.

Here are three of the cheapest ways you can spruce up your rental AND attract more quality tenants.

Add Some Curb Appeal

What does your property look like as you drive by? Does it look like a place you’d want to live?

First impressions count. If the exterior of your rental looks rundown, a prospective tenant may not even want to step foot inside. Here are some easy ways to build your property’s curb appeal:

  • Remove weeds, trash, and debris.
  • Make sure the lawn and shrubbery are well-manicured.
  • If you have a porch or outdoor area, add a few flowers and plants to create an inviting, lived-in feeling. Make sure to keep them alive because dead plants are worse than no plants.
  • Remove chipped paint, repair broken banisters, and replace torn window screens.
  • Make sure the mailbox, light fixtures, and house number decals and plaques are in good condition.

Lay On Paint

A can of quality paint only costs about $25 — and it has the ability to revive tired walls, brighten hallways, and freshen bathrooms.

But what type of paint should you choose?

The best option is to go with a satin or semi-gloss paint. With this type of paint, crayon marks, scuff marks, and even grease can easily be wiped off. Always stick to neutral paint colors, such as beige, grey, and cream.

Focus on the Kitchen and Bathrooms

The first order of business in a kitchen or bathroom is to clean. Mop the floors, polish all appliances, and deep clean cabinets (inside and out), bathtubs/showers, toilets, and all hardware; also, make sure the grout gets a good scrubbing. Mirrors and reflective surfaces should be free from film and fingerprints.

Remove dust and cobwebs from the ceiling, and grease from fans and light fixtures. Also, be sure the fixtures have working light bulbs. You will want to highlight the amount of light the property receives; leaving light fixtures with partially working light bulbs is a no-no.

Purchasing new knobs and handles for cabinets is also an inexpensive way to makeover your room.


Every property has something unique to offer. It’s up to you to focus on what’s special and desirable, and let the rest of the world know about it! Remember: Sell what your property has. Don’t focus on what it doesn’t have.


SMART Rental Qualifications

The following are Southwestern Management And Realty Team’s (SMART) guidelines for renting a property through SMART. Each and every application will be reviewed by a member of SMART and could be adjusted depending on credit/income and the application itself. Please be truthful!

Rental Qualifications

  • Applicant MUST be 18 years or older and application fee is $65.00 per person and is non-refundable.


  • Minimum score of 650
  • No EVICTIONS in the past 5 years
  • No utility collections (gas, power, water)

Income Verification

  • Income MUST be 3 times the monthly rent for good credit 650+ and 4 times if applicant has poor credit but good income.
  • MUST be verifiable
  • MUST be with current employer for at least 6 months.
    **If self-employed—CPA financial statements and/or tax returns are acceptable.

Employment History

(you could be required to show proof if requested, paycheck stubs, etc.)

  • Verifiable employment history for the past 3 years
    **If self-employed/retired/not employed—can verify income with signed tax returns and/or bank statements.

Rental History Verification

  • Verify for the past 3 years
  • Must provide: Landlord Names, and phone number, email (if available) on the online application.

Criminal Background Check

SMART does check—Criminal, Sex Offender and Terrorist database

  • NO sex offenders
  • NO crimes—violent crimes, prostitution, domestic violence, possession of weapons or illegal drugs


MUST be 30 pounds & under & absolutely no violent breeds—ask SMART for the Pet Policy

  • 2 pets max
  • NO ferrets or snakes
  • NO Dangerous, poisonous or illegal pets
  • NO aquariums larger than 10 gallons

Emotional Support pets are NOT considered a Service Animal and not under ADA laws.