Anne Arundel County’s competitive market and wide appeal makes it a prime place to rent.
As the heartland of Maryland, Anne Arundel County offers tenants wonderful things, such as close proximity to the Chesapeake Bay, educational and employment opportunities, and plenty of outside activities to enjoy with friends and family alike.
With this in mind, it is no wonder why those with Anne Arundel County rental properties are trying to appeal to the highest paying tenants.
Further, since the competition is so stiff, and people looking to lease in this area know that, your investment property is expected come with plenty of curb appeal and amenities.
So why not add a few square feet to your property and make it stand out amongst the crowd?
If you’re not sure how to expand your rental property upwards and outwards by way of square footage, check out our below suggestions.
By adding square footage to your rental, you are sure to attract a high paying, high quality tenant.
How to Add Square Footage to Your Anne Arundel County Rental Property
Before trying to add square footage to your Anne Arundel County rental property, it is best to gather some of your ideas and present them to a licensed and insured contractor that specializes in structural additions to a home.
To inspire those ideas, let’s look at some of the best ways you can add square footage to your rental property.
1. Build into the Backyard
Adding square footage to your rental property via the backyard is a popular choice. Typically, property owners extend the kitchen out (who doesn’t want a bigger kitchen?) or expand upon the already existing family room.
This addition not only adds some serious room to your rental that can now accommodate more people, it leads itself right out into the backyard, which can be a haven of entertainment for Anne Arundel County families.
2. Add a Greenhouse
Sometimes referred to as a “jewel box,” a greenhouse is an excellent way to add square footage to your rental as well as an element of surprise; not many homes come with their very own greenhouse addition. And, if your rental property does, you will likely have some serious competition amongst interested tenants wanting in on that special amenity.
Here are some things to remember when thinking about adding a greenhouse to your rental property:
- Ensure the greenhouse’s placement will provide proper sunlight
- Consider the landscaping of the backyard – will you need to trim any large trees or brushes that block sunlight or to maximize the overall appeal of the greenhouse?
- Make sure the foundation is secure and that proper drainage from the greenhouse can occur
- Watch for material use – the best materials are not always the cheapest nor the most expensive, rather, they are the ones that will provide the right climate for your greenhouse
- Be sure you aren’t in violation of any homeowners’ association rules, if applicable
If done right, a greenhouse can add a lot of appeal and bring in some seriously high rent.
3. Think Small
Adding square footage is not always about adding a lot more space to an existing structure.
Sometimes, adding a small patio to the backend of the master bedroom or a front porch to accommodate a simple bench is enough to make a statement without overwhelming your rental. You can still get creative and not break the bank – or your rental property’s structure – by adding small accent statements to the exterior.
4. Or…Think Big
On the other hand, adding something large and bold, such as a pavilion, can make a huge statement when it comes to your rental property. Try adding a small pool house in your backyard where summertime visitors can change, shower, or cool off.
You have the option of making your pavilion freestanding or attaching it to the main structure.
Though atypical, a pavilion can also be used as a place of residence. Pavilions are so great because they’re versatile – they can offer the shade of a gazebo, the storage room of a backyard shed, and the feel of a cabana, all at the same time.
5. Make Your Rental Tall
If your Anne Arundel County rental property is on a small lot, and there is not a lot of room to expand outwards, one unique way to expand your rental’s square footage is to raise the ceiling (and thus, the roof).
Though this strategy will not work on all rental properties due to certain restrictions you must adhere to, it can work for some. A higher ceiling gives the feeling of more space and a bigger home.
6. Add Another Level
This is an ambitious addition, and not one to be taken lightly in terms of completion time, stress, or cost. However, if you own the type of rental property that will benefit from adding an entirely new level, you will definitely gain some more square footage points with prospective tenants.
If you do opt for this addition, follow these guidelines:
- Make sure to use only qualified architects and remodelers
- Understand that your entire property may need moving and that the roof will be removed
- A solid foundation is a must
- Strong walls are necessary as well
- Upgrades to electrical, heating, and cooling systems may be required
- Staircase location is crucial and will affect your first floor square footage space
Tenants are always looking for bigger and better. And if they have the expendable income, they are sure to pay premium rent rates to lease your large property.
If you live in the Anne Arundel County region and have a rental property that has expanded upwards, outwards, or both, contact Bay Management Group to help you advertise your property appropriately.
With targeted techniques, a solid understanding of the market, and the resources to connect with the best pool of tenants, Bay Management Group is the property management company you want to employ.
Contact us today and see how our expertise of the rental property business can get your unique property leased to a high quality (and high paying) tenant within thirty days.