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Prepping Your Seattle Rental Property For New Tenants

If you are looking to get tenants into your Seattle rental property, there are 5 things you need to focus on to effectively market your property and attract the tenants you want the most.  Renters are looking for move-in ready properties to call home. Here’s what you need to do:

1. Price to move

Avoiding a vacancy is your ultimate goal and pricing your property to fill it quickly with the desired renter is your ultimate goal.  Asking too much can slow this process. Research your area for available rentals to know what your competitors are offering. Stay competitive in pricing and don’t overprice.  The longer the unit is vacant, the more money you lose.

2. Fix it

Make sure your property is safe, well maintained and that everything is in good working order. This includes fixing any under the sink links or patching and painting any damage from the previous tenant.  Presenting a well-maintained home gives the prospective renter the impression that you’ll be a good landlord. It’s also a good time to assess appliances and replace anything that needs an upgrade.

3. Hire a cleaning crew

Invest in a professional cleaning service to give your property a shine before you put it back on the market.  With a competitive market, the cleaner your offering is, the more people will feel good about moving in. Again, it shows you care about your property maintenance.

4. Pay attention to curb appeal

Making a great first impression happens when the prospective tenants pull up to your Seattle rental property.  If you have a single family, duplex or condo, make sure the exterior landscaping is pristine. Hiring a crew to weed and add mulch can do the trick.  The best measure is to look at your property from the street. Would you want to live there?

5. Check local laws for changes

Check with the City of Seattle or your local government agencies to make sure you’re in compliance with any rental regulations that might have changed recently. Don’t overlook anything that might cost you later.

Now that you’re ready to put your property on the market to rent, the best way to move it quickly is to work with a professional property management company like Sound Point.  Our property managers are pros in the Seattle rental market and have a solid understanding of what Seattle renters are looking for.

If getting your investment property ready to put on the market and it’s just too much to tackle on your own, or you’re interested in learning more about how Sound Point Property Management can help you, please contact us today!


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Jill McCormick

My goal is to make your real estate experience as pleasant, and profitable as possible. I accomplish this by anticipating your needs, applying my experience to your specific situation, paying attention to all the details of the transaction to ensure a smooth closing, and follow through on all items that are important to you to ensure that your needs are met.