Curb Appeal

Hours of preparation go into getting your rental property ready for rent; you have to prepare a rental contract, decide how much to rent the unit for, screen potential tenants and the list goes on and on.  What you might be forgetting though, is to make sure that your rental property itself is in shape for your tenants to move in when the time comes.  We’ve compiled a list of checks to go through on your rental property, to make sure it’s ready to be rented out:

  1. Safety First. One of the most overlooked areas of the home are safety issues. It’s a good idea to have a second set of eyes check over your rental prior to putting it on the market, just to make sure there are no dangerous areas. Examples would be, loose stair railing, exposed wires, broken door handles, etc. Also, make sure to replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. It’s much easier to get problems fixed BEFORE the tenant moves in than afterwards.
  2. Other maintenance issues.  Double check every light, every sink, each appliance and all other areas of the house before you start showing your rental. Not only is it embarrassing for potential tenants to see broken items during their showing, it’s also harder to get in and repair those items after the tenant has already moved in. Make sure to perform proper maintenance on all areas of the rental, to save you money in the long run.
  3. Cleanliness. Make sure your rental property is SPARKLING CLEAN prior to showing it to potential tenants. If a potential tenant walks into your rental home and sees dirty, stained carpets or smells foul odors, you’re likely going to loose them from the start.
  4. Eye catching. You want your rental to be eye catching when potential tenants come to view it, but not by using bright colors and exotic decor.  Make your rental appealing to the general audience by painting your walls neutral colors. Doing inexpensive, simple upgrades such as new towel holders or cabinet handles can go a long way to making your rental look more appealing.
  5. Outdoors. The exterior of your property needs to look appealing as well. If the fence is chips or broken, fix it up. Keep the grass cut and tear out any dead bushes or plants that make the yard look tacky.  Also, be sure all pet waste and trash is picked up!

For more tips on getting your rental property ready, contact us at 785.320.7977.