By RPM Central Valley
Owning rental properties is one of the most effective ways to build wealth in 2018 but one of the big problems that many owners have is not getting their rental properties ready for showings.
First impressions always count and if a rental property isn’t ready to be seen by prospective tenants it could turn off some people and make them think that a rental would not be the very best place for them to live.
In this article, we will share with you several things you can do to get your property ready for rent.
Improve Curb Appeal
Before doing anything on the inside of the property, you should focus on improving the outside of your rental property first by doing the following:
- Clean up your property – Mow the grass, remove weeds and other debris which may be left over from your previous tenants.
- Improve curb appeal – Fix or repair anything that’s broken or needs improving at your rental then work on improving curb appeal by planting new flowers.
- Power wash – Rent a power washer and clean the driveway or parking area outside your rental property, the exterior of your rental and the path leading up to the front door.
What to Do Inside Your Rental
Professionally clean the carpets. Professional “full-steam and shampoo” carpet cleaning works best – you don’t want any residue left because it can attract dirt.
Spruce up the yard. Cut the grass, trim the bushes, prune the trees, pull the weeds, fix broken sprinkler heads, replace dead or dying shrubbery, and add some new flowering plants (if it’s the season) to flower beds. Remember to remove flower pots, yard furniture, and garden decorations; and don’t forget to spray any dirt from the cracks in the sidewalks and patio.
Change the air filters. In addition to changing the air filters, cleaning the vents and surrounding ceiling area, it’s not a bad idea to replace any reusable air filters with disposable ones. Disposable air filters don’t require monthly cleaning (like reusable ones) and make for one less maintenance item your tenant needs to remember.
Get a professional top-to-bottom interior cleaning. Renters expect their rental property to be clean for move-in, so have the property professionally cleaned. Professional cleaners can get every area of your property clean – from scrubbing the baseboards to cleaning out the refrigerator, no room will be left behind.
Get Property Management Here
For professional property management contact RPM Central Valley at (209) 572-2222 or click here to connect with us online.