Need to upgrade a rental unit on budget? Here are 13 improvements landlords can make for under $500 each. Want more articles like this? Create an account today to get BiggerPocket's best blog articles delivered to your inbox Sign up for free 12 Rental Property Improvements You Can Make for Under $500 1. Paint You may not be able to paint a whole house for $500, but you can enhance key rooms and create accent walls. Trending colors this year may include grays, beiges, greens, and pinks. 2. Change Out Flooring The same applies to flooring. In cheap rentals, you may be able to use vinyl or focus on small, key areas of flooring. Putting new flooring in small entry areas and bathrooms or replacing the carpet in that one ugly bedroom could make a big difference in renting quickly and for more money. 3. Patch the Roof Roof leaks can cause major havoc with rentals. They can quickly deteriorate your asset, cause ballooning repair bills, add to the maintenance interaction burden with tenants, and can lead to damage of renter belongings, which you may be on the hook for. In many cases you don’t need a new roof, just patches. 4. Add Smart Home Tech Add some trendy new tech to make renters feel great about their choice. That could be smart locks or smart thermostats, better wifi, or new Google Home devices. 5. Bring in a Bar You may be able to expand countertops or bring in a standalone bar, which really adds to the excitement and emotional appeal of a place. 6. Resurface Cabinets Replacing kitchen and bathroom cabinets can be expensive and a lot of work. Instead, look at options for resurfacing existing ones. 7. Add a Backsplash Kitchen backsplashes can make a massive difference in the appeal and perceived value of a home. 8. Consider Flex Office Space Working from home is fast becoming the new norm. Many remote workers soon find that working from the sofa isn’t as effective as they expected. You may not want to reduce bedroom counts by turning one into a home office. However, you may be able to create some flex space with a cabinet, pantry, or Murphy bed that enables quick changes between daily living space and the office. 9. Finish the Garage Finished garage spaces add a big “wow” factor and more value. Even on a tight budget, you may be able to finish walls, add flooring, install storage, or put in office furniture. 10. Replace Hardware Replacing front door and cabinet hardware can have one of the best returns of any home improvement. 11. Stage the Home Staging can be powerful for marketing rentals. You can do this virtually for less than $500—or bring in some extra furniture or rented furniture temporarily. 12. Replace Appliances Appliances are a big deal to renters. Replace microwaves or dishwashers that are broken, consider adding a washer-dryer, or lease new appliances as a staging move. You can choose whether or not to include the appliances for the duration of the lease. [Editor’s Note: We are republishing this article to help out our newer readers.] Which of these would you consider implementing on your rental? What would you add to this list? Let us know your thoughts with a comment.