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4 Steps to Making Your Home Rent Ready

Once your rental property is vacant, the countdown clock to getting it rent ready begins. There are certain steps that every landlord and property manager should take in order to get the unit ready for the next tenants. Here are 4 easy steps to check off your list!

 

Change the Locks

The cost of a lock change is a small price to pay for peace of mind. After your tenants have surrendered possession and moved out, changing the locks on all exterior doors or entry points should be first on your list. After all, you never know who the last tenants gave copies of the keys to. The same goes for any garage door codes, as well.

 

Complete Any Outstanding Maintenance

No tenant wants to move into a property that’s not ready to go. This means making sure that any outstanding maintenance repairs or projects are complete BEFORE finding new renters. Make sure to have all of your systems checked to ensure everything is functioning correctly and complete any routine or preventative maintenance to stay ahead of repairs. And if you’re planning on upgrading or remodeling your rental, the vacancy period is definitely the right time to do so.

 

Don’t Forget the Exterior

Curb appeal can play a big factor in attracting potential renters. Make sure to pay as much attention to the exterior of your rental as you do the interior. Clean away any debris, mow the lawn, pull weeds, or shovel snow.

 

Clean, clean, clean!

A clean home is a rent ready home! Hiring a professional cleaner to spruce everything up before tenants move in can make a huge difference. Make sure to have the carpets professionally cleaned, too. This can help maintain the life of your carpets and create a positive impression for new tenants!

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