At Mainlander Property Management, we get lots of calls from different types of landlords. Some of them are reluctant landlords who recently inherited a house or might be thinking about renting out a property. One thing they always want to know about is what they will have to do in order to get the property ready to rent. This is an important consideration for people who might be deciding whether to go ahead and rent out a home to tenants.
First, consider how the house will look when a potential tenant drives or walks up to it. The exterior should be neat and tidy, with the yard and landscaping in good shape. The interior must also be clean and neat. You do not want to have a lot of clutter around when you have possible renters showing up to look at your house. Recently, we went to a home to take some pictures for a listing. Marketing pictures should be really nice and give viewers an impressive look at how the property shows. However, when we walked into the house, there were cleaning products all over the kitchen counter and grocery bags had just been brought in, so they were all over the place. In the bedroom, the bed was not made and there were dirty clothes everywhere. This is how the place looked even though the owner knew I was coming. Can you imagine what a prospective tenant would have thought while walking into that house? We want to show the house at its best, so you need to make sure it looks presentable.
Check out your paint, carpet, walls and fixtures. You want everything to look good and well maintained. A home always shows well when the condition is good, particularly with the flooring and the windows. New appliances are also helpful in making the place look attractive. You do not necessary have to have brand new appliances, but you do want them to be clean and in good working order. The presentation of your house and these details makes a statement about how well the home has been cared for.
Many owners have old furnaces and hot water heaters which we always recommend should be inspected and possibly replaced. You do not want to have maintenance issues as soon as you have a tenant move in because this will be discouraging for both of you. Address aging equipment before you put your home on the rental market.
If you have any questions about how to get your property ready to rent, visit our Contact Us page or give us a call at Mainlander Property Management. You can reach us at (503) 635-4477, and we would be happy to discuss anything you need help with.