It’s always a good idea to get your rental property ready for new tenants. If you want your property to be vacant less often, you’ll need to make sure it is in its best condition before giving the keys over. This article provides seven tips Sound Point Property Management suggests to do just that. (And remember, we can always do it for you!)
1. Clean up the yard
If your previous tenants didn’t care for the yard or water your plans, make sure you hire someone to clean up the yard and clean your flowerbeds. Curb appeal is your best impression and worth the investment.
2. Fix any broken windows or doors
Between tenants is a great time to inspect all windows and doors. Make sure they are all working, including that they all open and shut with ease.
3. Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms
Test all the smoke detectors and alarms in the house. If you supply or require carbon monoxide detectors, check those as well.
4. Inspect the plumbing and electrical wiring for problems
Make sure all the plumbing and electrical outlets are working properly. Fix any leaks and replace any outlet covers that need replacing.
5. Make sure all the appliances work properly, including fridges, ovens, microwaves, dishwashers, washing machines, and dryers
Test the functioning of all the appliances you are providing. Clean out the dryer vent and schedule any maintenance that might be needed.
6. Remove anything that is not yours to avoid theft or damage to your property
Have anything left behind by the previous tenants hauled away. Avoid hazardous issues caused by unwanted debris.
7. Change all locks
With new tenants coming in, it’s important to make sure the old ones can’t return. Ensure new locks are installed on the house and any other places locks exist, like a storage shed or closet.
A property is a big investment. You want to make sure it maintains its value so that you can sell it for a profit down the road or use your equity as leverage for other projects. One of the best ways to ensure this happens is by making sure your rental property shines when tenants move in. Sometimes, minor touch-ups and repairs are all it takes to get a house ready for renters.
If you need help with tasks like these, reach out to Sound Point Property Management. We are happy to help you keep your property “rental-ready”.