As a property owner, you have many responsibilities, but one of your most important tasks is to keep your tenants happy by fulfilling all their rental property wants and needs.

To be a successful property owner, you must provide your tenants with accessible amenities. Not only will having amenities attract renters, but it’ll also ensure that these renters continue to renew their lease year after year. This means you’ll have consistent rental income!

In this article, we’ve compiled a list of the top amenities that tenants in Snohomish County appreciate! This will help your property stand out from the rest. So, let’s dive right in!

1. Flexible Pet Policies

Did you know that, according to the National Pet Owners Survey, 65% of people have a pet?
That’s why having a flexible pet policy can be very beneficial in creating a larger pool of
prospective renters.

Renters in Snohomish County appreciate property owners who allow pets in their unit because
pets act as emotional support for many people, and they alleviate stress and ease loneliness.
Although allowing pets in a unit may increase the chances of property damage, there are rules
you can put in place to mitigate those risks, such as placing limits on the types of breeds and
sizes allowed.

There are even pet screening companies who will verify the pet is up-to-date on all
shots, and does not have vicious tendencies.

pets in property

2. Outdoor Spaces

Although renters appreciate indoor amenities, like having access to a pool or a fitness room, many renters also enjoy having access to outdoor spaces. For examples, renters like:

  • a fenced-in yard
  • a patio
  • a deck
  • a balcony

Not only does having an outdoor space allow renters to get some fresh air, but it’s also great for families with children!

3. Walkability

Most tenants would agree that having a property in a location with a high Walk Score is a great location!

If you’re property is located near schools, parks, restaurants and shops, then it’s likely going to be appreciated by most renters in Snohomish County.

If your property’s Walk Score is between 50 and 100, it means that there are some amenities within walking distance. However, if your property scores between 0 and 50, your renters will likely need to own a vehicle or rely on public transportation.

4. Parking

Renters who own a car will absolutely appreciate having a place to park their vehicle. So, if you own a single-family home with a garage or driveway, you should definitely highlight that feature in your rental listing!

rental home driveway and garage

5. Extra Storage Space

Does your rental have walk-in closets or an extra storage room? If so, this will be very appealing to prospective renters! This is especially true if your target market is families.

If your property doesn’t have much storage, you can create some extra space by adding shelves and closets to various rooms, such as the kitchen, bathroom and bedrooms.

6. Washer/Dryer

As a landlord, you aren’t required to offer a washer and dryer. That said, having them in your unit makes your property that much more desirable.

Sometimes, renter may have their own washer and dryer. In that case, as long as you have a laundry room with a place to connect the washer and dryer that would be perfect!

7. Security

All tenants will prioritize safety. If you focus on ensuring your Snohomish County property is safe and secure, your tenants will definitely notice your efforts and appreciate it.

Here are some things you can do to your units to make them more secure:

  • Sensors: These will help deter criminals. It’s best to place these sensors in dimly-lit outdoor areas.
  • Security camera: By using a security camera, you will be able to see who is near or around the property and record their appearance.
  • Solid locks: Deadbolt locks and heavy-duty locks are effective ways to discourage burglars from entering the property.

8. A Well-Maintained Unit

As the rental owner, you must ensure that maintenance and repairs are taken care of. So, when you’re showing a unit to a prospective tenant, ensure that it looks habitable and clean.

habitable rental home

9. Offer a “Smart” Home

Having smart features in your rental home will be a bonus for many renters, especially millennial renters and those who enjoy technology.

Here are some example of how you can make your home a “smart” one:

  • Offer temperature controls – this means that before the tenant comes home, the house can be heated up for them
  • Offer a spot to plug in an electric car – if the renter has an electric car, this would be important
  • Install lights that are automatic – these lights will open when you enter the room

10. Air Conditioning / Heating

Snohomish County tenants will enjoy central air conditioning for the hot summer days, and may need a centralized heater for the potentially cold winter days.

Here are some benefits of providing a centralized air and heating:

  • The heat or cold air will circulate around the entire house more quickly
  • The system’s operations are quiet since they have built-in vents

Although offering this amenity can be initially costly, it will benefit you in the long-run because tenants will be very pleased with it.

amenities in rental units

Bottom Line

When you deliver amenities that your Snohomish County tenants love, filling vacancies will be quicker. Not to mention, once you attract those tenants, they’ll be likely to stay long-term.

If you have further questions or concerns, or would like to work with a property manager, contact T-Square Properties today.

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