7 Trends Renters are Looking For in an Apartment in 2020

More people are moving than ever before, and with permanent mobility becoming a popular lifestyle, renting has become even more important and commonplace. The higher demand a property sees, the higher profit home flippers and rental agencies can bank on. Thus, keeping a rental property up-to-date with on-trend styles can play a major role in successful renting — not to mention keeping renters impressed and delighted with the place they call home.

Take a look at the top seven trends renters are looking for in an apartment this year.

1. Exposed Brick

In previous decades, brick was a blase structural necessity that builders often covered up with paneling or drywall. But now, exposed brick is seeing a resurgence in urban-chic decor. Of course, just because a wall has brick underneath doesn’t mean a simple paneling strip is enough to pull off the trend. Renters are looking for exposed brick that has been finished properly so that it is both safe and stylish. To avoid going overboard during remodeling, keep the exposed brick limited to a single feature or wall to serve as an accent within the room.

2. Reclaimed Wood

Similar to exposed brick, reclaimed wood capitalizes on taking an old, traditional building material and elevating it into something new, fresh, and finished with antique charm. Reclaimed wood is even more versatile than brick in that it can be used as an entire wall, door and window trim only, durable countertops and tabletops, or larger furniture pieces, like bed frames and coffee tables. Reclaimed wood brings character into a living space, making a rental property feel more personalized and unique.

3. Advanced Sound Management 

Advanced sound management solutions are also key for renters in 2020. With more people working from home, it’s essential for apartments to be totally soundproof. While acoustic cloud panels and various insulation tactics can both help manage sound, acoustic cloud panels bring an added advantage of stylistic ceiling decor, creating visual intrigue and texture to otherwise modest spaces.

4. Reliable Safety Features

Another essential component for rental properties in 2020 is a sufficient supply of reliable safety features. Modern minimalism has come and gone, and renters are now looking for living spaces that are fully equipped with accessible features ready to accommodate everyone. That means reliable handrails with reinforced handrail brackets, flooring with smooth surfaces, and cabinetry options that are easily reachable.

5. Basin Sinks

If there’s one decor choice that modern renters can’t turn down, it’s this: a beautiful basin sink. Basin sinks come in a variety of designs and shapes, and they can bring an air of elegance, luxury, and sophistication to the kitchen or bathroom. Durable countertops are key when installing oversized basin sinks, as they tend to be robust and considerably heavier than other sink receptacles. Marble, stone, and quartz all make for durable countertops capable of supporting a basin sink.

6. Natural Light + Natural Greenery

Renters in 2020 are also looking for natural light and big greenery to make the living space feel more like home. Large house plants, like fiddle leaf ferns and palms, are on-trend at the moment, so not having large windows to provide a sufficient amount of natural light can be a dealbreaker for renters with hearty house plants.

7. Built-In Office Coves

Finally, renters are looking for built-in office spaces and alcoves that naturally mesh with the rest of the home’s layout. Whether it’s an entirely separate room dedicated to being a home office or a small alcove that fits naturally within a larger living area, renters want to know that they’ll be able to get some work done in a supportive space if needed.

Matt Lee is the owner of the Innovative Building Materials blog and a content writer for the building materials industry. He is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that save money, improve energy efficiency, and increase property value.