Southwestern Management And Realty Team

How Important is Rental Property Curb Appeal?

Want to make sure your property gets leased? Focus on its “curb appeal.”

From a rental perspective, the importance of how well a property’s exterior is maintained cannot be overstated.  

Put Yourself in the Tenant’s Shoes

What will prospective tenants think about when they first see your single family home rental? Will they just keep on driving or will they be compelled to peak in side?

Remember, good first impressions are extremely important, especially where renting your property is concerned.  Without a good first impression, there’s not much hope of them wanting to see more.

Details to Consider Before Putting Out the “For Rent” Sign

While you may have some budget or spending restrictions to consider, the following are some cost-effective considerations when evaluating the curb appeal of your property:

  • Exterior paint – No one wants to rent a home with cracking, fading, or peeling paint on the exterior.  Applying a fresh coat of paint can do wonders for a rental property’s aesthetic appeal.  Otherwise, prospective tenants won’t even bother to look inside the home.
  • Front Lawn – Lawns that aren’t manicured and weedy are an eyesore, especially when every other lawn in the neighborhood is well-maintained.  If you have a property management company working for you, ask them if they can include this in their services.  Otherwise, you’ll have to deal with lawn care yourself.
  • Overgrown bushes, shrubs, and trees – Overgrown bushes, shrubs, and trees eventually become costly maintenance problems such growth into the eaves, patio, or roof of the home.

When you have the time to do so, drive by your properties and ask yourself if you would want to live there. 

If you answer NO, then obviously it is time to consider addressing any issues that detract from the home’s curb appeal.  

Having SMART as your property management partner will alleviate the need for you to get your hands dirty since they have contractors and maintenance crews at their disposal to handle these issues. And that will leave you with ample time to focus on other aspects of your business.

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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.