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Tips for cleaning your rental while you’re between tenants

Do you have a Central Valley investment property that’s between tenants? If so, in this article we will provide you with a list of things to do that you can do to keep your rental clean while you’re between tenants.

Perform Necessary Maintenance

Not every tenant will follow the checklist you provide. Even if they do, though, they might have caused damage to the property that you have to fix. So, inspect your space for holes in the wall, leaks, faulty locks or doorknobs, and so on. You’ll have to repair all of that before a new tenant arrives.

To that end, check out the property’s appliances, too. If you have trouble maintaining the cleanliness of your property’s appliances, you might just want to replace them. The same goes for furnished apartments—you can only sanitize and clean a mattress so many times before you have to buy a new one for a new tenant.

Erase Scuff Marks

Even a tenant’s rigorous cleaning regimen can’t get rid of such blemishes as scuff marks. So, stock up on Magic Erasers—or make your own (2) —and get rid of all the imperfections around the house. Not only can you fix walls without paint, but you can restore bathrooms to an even brighter shine.

On that note, take advantage of your role as a landlord, too. You should be able to purchase stronger, commercial-grade cleaning supplies because of your profession. These solutions will make it easier to get the place clean and ready for your next tenant.

Attack Lingering Mold

An imperfect bathroom cleaning regimen may have left mold behind on the walls or in the shower. Mold can be toxic, so you need to slip on a mask so that you don’t inhale any dangerous spores. Then, spray the area down with a mixture that’s one part bleach, eight parts water (3)and keep a fan running throughout the process to clear the air.

Once the mold’s removed, implore your new tenants to squeegee the shower after each use to remove excess water. You might install or enhance the ventilator fan you have in the bathroom to keep air flowing. Stagnation and moisture cause mold, and you don’t want to have to deal with it every time tenants move in and out.

Examine the Outside, Too

Whether you’re renting a single family home with a backyard or a condo with a balcony, you want to scour those outdoor areas, as well. Of course, this step doesn’t just mean that you mow the lawn and move on. You should perform a full clean-up of the property’s exterior.

Empty the gutters of any build-up and power-wash the walkways and driveway. If the property’s covered in siding, be sure to give that a rinse, as well. It’ll be worth all of the extra steps to spruce up your property’s exterior—curb appeal can help seal the deal for your potential new tenants.

Source – Bigger Pockets


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