Have you been wondering about how to prepare your home for a tenant? Well, as property managers, we have seen quite a few properties and we know what tenants are looking at. Here are some tips on what you can do to prepare your home for a tenant.
Everyone wants a clean home to move into. So, one of best things you can do is to make sure your home is spotless. Remember to clean the carpets, windows and appliances. The fastest way to a thoroughly cleaned home is to hire a professional cleaning company. It’s not as expensive as you think! Having a property professionally cleaned is our number 1 request from tenants!
Re-key your locks
If this is a rental property and your tenants have moved out, change the locks or rekey the existing ones. You never know how many keys your former tenant made and the safety of your new tenants should be a priority.
Change out your air-conditioning filters.
Remember to change out your AC filters and change them often. Most AC repair companies suggest that this is the cheapest and most effective way to keep your AC running in an optimal condition. At All County Alliance Property Management, we require that our tenants change out all AC filters every month!
Ditch the color!
Everyone likes a splash of color every now and then. However, tenants prefer to see a blank canvas of which to work with. Keep your walls neutral. Colors like off-white, white and cream have a better appeal to tenants, plus it is much easier for you to maintain. Our leases specify that if a tenant wants to change the color of the walls, it must be approved by the owner and be re-painted to the original color upon leaving the property.
Have your property treated before you place a tenant. Think about if you walked into a house and saw roaches or even worst, spiders crawling around. This would be one sure way to not get a signed lease!
Walk through your property.
Walk through your home and identify any imperfections you find. Items such as torn screens can sometimes go unnoticed so have them repaired or do it yourself. Look out for leaking faucets, door stoppers, and clogged or slow drains. The last thing you want is to have maintenance calls from your tenant as soon as they move in. At All County Alliance Property Management, we handle all your maintenance calls with no mark-up on services!
Test your appliances
Run the dishwasher, stove, ovens and all other major appliances that you are including in your rental. Many times, a homeowner hardly uses some of these and are unaware if they work or not.
Your home is now a business and you should treat it as such. Remember to remove all your personal items and all items that you want to keep. If it’s in the house, it is expected to be part of the agreement. Don’t use your rental home as a storage unit. Tenants will run away as soon as they see this.
If all this seems like a lot, give us a call at 813-940-7500 or visit us on the web at All County Alliance.
We will be happy to discuss these steps and more with you. Remember, at All County Alliance Property Management we take the stress out of owning rental property and we are experts in our field. To find out more, check out this video. Or read through our management agreement and see why All County Alliance is the smartest choice for property management.
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