To attract the best tenants and collect the highest rents, you’ll need to make sure your property is ready for the rental market. Many landlords rush to get it listed and then wonder why they’re not getting a lot of interest. It’s better to take the time that’s required to really prepare the home and make it rent-ready. When you offer prospective tenants a property that’s move-in ready, you’ll have better luck placing a great tenant who will take good care of the home.
Clean the Property Professionally
Hire a professional cleaning team to thoroughly clean the home. Any items that were left behind by former tenants or residents need to be removed. Don’t store personal belongings in closets or garages, and don’t leave things behind that you think your new tenants might want. People like to move into rental properties with their own furniture and possessions. They don’t want to have to work around other peoples’ stuff. Clean the carpets and the floors and pay attention to detail if you want to make your property shine. There shouldn’t be any dust on ceiling fans or cobwebs in the window screens.
Consider your Curb Appeal
Prospective tenants are going to be very visual. Make sure the first impression is a meaningful one. When they pull up to the property, it should be welcoming and inviting. The lawn should be mowed, the bushes should be trimmed, and all debris should be removed from the driveway, yard, and walkway. Stand across the street and evaluate how your home looks. Does it look like a property you’d like to see, or would you keep driving?
Conduct a Thorough Inspection
Inspect your property before you put it on the market. You’ll need to make sure that everything works. There’s no point in showing a property that still needs a new appliance put in or fresh paint on the walls. Tenants don’t want to hear that you’re planning to do things. It should be move-in ready by the time you start to schedule showings. During your inspection, make a note of anything that needs attention. Take care of these things right away so you can avoid a long vacancy period.
Upgrades Make a Difference
Consider making some minor improvements to your property. You don’t have to rehab the entire kitchen; but new countertops or even updated hardware on your cupboards can give the room a fresh, modern feel. Make a few simple and cost-effective upgrades to make your home more competitive on the rental market.
These are just a few ways to get your property rent-ready. Once you do all of these things, you can take some good marketing photos and decide on a price. If you need any help or have any questions, please contact us at The Wright Choice Richmond Realty Group.