How to Get More Rent From Your Rental in Seattle

Real Estate Agent with Dove Realty Inc.

       Although the general real estate market is still a little sluggish in Seattle, the rental market is a totally different story. Last month, my clients had to re-rent their house on Queen Anne. They posted an ad with only one exterior picture on Craig's list and got over one hundred responses. After setting up an open house and interviewing the best candidates in advance, I was able to negotiate $100 more in rent for them. Since they did not have any decent interior pictures, I suggested the following:

1) Make a deal with the tenants allowing them to move their furniture in a few days early with the stipulation that I could re-arrange their stuff. This saved the cost of moving new furniture in just for pictures.

2) Install inexpensive window treatments - less than $200

3) Add some accessories and artwork - I provided this

4) Hire a professional photographer to shoot 6 pictures - this cost all of $75

      For under $300, they now have gorgeous pictures to post the next time they need to re-rent. And I bet you they will have their next tenant set up to move in the day after the old tenant moves out. They should also be able to increase their rent by at least $300 a month.

    If you would like to find out how to get more rent and better tenents for your rental, call me at 206-781-1724 or e-mail me at

    The Better it Looks...The Better it Sells It also rents a lot better too.....


How to get more rent from your rental

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Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

That's a super cute house in Queen Anne!  Great advice to anyone renting!

May 19, 2011 10:33 AM #1
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Hi Susan ~ What a great service you provided to your clients!  The house looks wonderful thanks to your staging talent (I swear you could make a shack look fantastic) and the idea that they now have photos for "next time" is a brilliant one.  Renters would find those photos irresistible.  Super marketing idea!

May 19, 2011 02:08 PM #2
Diana Young
Staging Seattle, King & Snohomish Counties - Edmonds, WA

Such great ideas, Susan!  So smart to have some great photos of the occupied and staged rental unit to use for marketing purposes when the place needs to be rented again.

May 19, 2011 05:30 PM #3
Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

Dittos to what Maureen said - very smart idea!

May 21, 2011 06:55 AM #4
David Stevens
Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty, Victoria BC Canada - Victoria, BC
Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty

Very nice house and good tips - I like the exterior too! Who wouldn't want to rent a house like that?

Jun 01, 2011 04:18 PM #5
Reno, NV

Susan; now that is being very innovative and cost-effective. I will use this tactic in the future! Your rental owners must be very pleased with your services and the new renters probably are amazed how beautiful their new home looks and FEELS (with their "stuff")..... I really like the name of your business.. I came over to your blog from the info on "art placement", because I really liked your comment and the "scrambled eggs analogy..... funny!

Jun 05, 2011 03:58 PM #6
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