I'm about to pick siding color for my 1st rehab, and I'm wondering... All of the duplexes in the neighborhood are white vinyl. I know white is the cheapest. However, should I try and match the neighborhood, or should I pick something different? Is "standing out" or "blending in" better? Any advise or stories from experience is much appreciated.
Well, if you can stand out without being a sore thumb then stand out. Everybody wants to own the "cute" home or for that matter a recognizable home so long it's not because it's ugly. Psychology is huge in this business. If there's another rental or 2, 3 on the same street and they all look the same or very similar, why would somebody want to see yours over one that's $100 less a month? Especially if you plan to have a fresh interior anyway, sell the whole package.
We just repainted an old farm house. Was all white, we turned it into a two tone with grey siding and white trim. I'm telling you, that one change added 5-10% to the property because it pops now and has tons of charm.
Photos don't even do it justice.
I might brighten it up a little, but don't do anything to out there. You want to stand out a bit, but not be a sore thumb.
Is the neighborhood up and coming? Or about to turn? I think its wise to always add value to a property and small things like increasing the curb appeal can help you attract a higher quality tenant.