Before you start advertising your home and screening tenants, you need to get your property ready for the rental market. Property management companies can advise an owner about what needs to be done to get a house ready and they can also access the resources necessary to get the work done when owners cannot do it themselves. We’re sharing a few of the things we do at Brink Property Management to get our properties ready for the market.
Many potential renters will drive by a property prior to inquiring about it. That’s why curb appeal is so important – it’s the first impression a person gets about the home. You don’t want renters to see a home that has overgrown landscaping, trash and debris littering the yard and paint peeling off the front door. It gives the impression that the property owner simply doesn’t care that much about it.
Painting the interior is one of the least expensive and fastest ways to brighten up a home. A fresh coat of paint really goes a long way in making a rental home more appealing. Choose a neutral color in a low sheen or an eggshell finish. Look for paint that is durable and washable and store any leftover paint for touch-up jobs you’ll have later. Ask your property manager for help with paint choices and advice on how much painting is needed. This will help you save money because a property manager can make an instant judgment about which walls need simple touching up and which need completely new paint.
Your new tenants aren’t going to expect to spend hours cleaning the house. They want to immediately begin unpacking when they move in. You absolutely must thoroughly clean your property before you put it on the market. It’s expected that the house will be returned to you in the condition it was received, so make sure your tenants receive a place that is clean and functional. Have it professionally done; clean under the appliances, inside the cabinets and make sure the windows and blinds sparkle. Have the carpets professionally cleaned. This will make your home more appealing and it will also prolong the life of your carpet. Make sure your lease indicates whether you expect the carpet to be professionally cleaned before move out or if you will charge the tenant for that service.
Your property manager should provide a checklist that will help you prepare your home for the market so you don’t forge any essential things that need to be done before a tenant moves in. If you have any questions about how to get your property ready for the market, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Brink Property Management.