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Is Your Rental Property Ready? 10 Steps to Get Your Property Rent Ready

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Have you recently invested in a rental property? Wondering what needs to be done before you start renting it out to tenants? 

There is a great deal involved in creating an adequate rental property, from cleaning to repairing to inspecting and much, much more. Need help getting your property rent ready? Then read on!

These are the 10 steps needed to get your property ready for rental. 

1. Change Those Locks

One of the very first things you should do to your new rental property is to change its locks. This is the only way to ensure that past residents and past owners don’t have access to the property. This is a huge component in keeping your future tenant safe. 

When changing your locks, you have a few different options from which to choose. While you could opt for traditional locks, you might still have to have them changed with every new resident. On the other hand, if you opt for electronic locks, you will only need to change passcodes. 

2. Touch Up the Landscape 

The next step in getting your property ready to rent is touching up the landscape. In doing so, you will not only be doing a service to your future tenant, but you will also likely attract a higher quality of tenant. 

In addition to mowing the lawn, you should also trim the hedges, trim tree branches, kill unsightly weeds, and maybe even apply fertilizer. The addition of flowers and lawn ornaments can also be a nice tough. 

3. Replace the Lightbulbs 

Next, you’re going to want to change the many lightbulbs contained throughout the property. This includes not only interior lightbulbs but exterior lightbulbs as well. Changing these bulbs will ensure that your tenant doesn’t have to worry about any outages in the near future. 

While making lightbulb replacements, you should also clean your lightbulb fixtures. This is especially true for outdoor light fixtures, as they are more prone to taking on dirt and debris. 

Wondering which types of bulbs you should use as replacements? If you want to keep your tenant’s energy bills to a minimum, you should think about using CFL or compact fluorescent bulbs. If you’re looking to save as much money as possible, incandescent bulbs will do. 

4. Clean the Windows 

Windows get dirty fairly easily. For this reason, you’re going to want to give the ones on your rental property a thorough cleaning. A rag and a bit of window cleaning solution should do the trick, as far as the panes go. 

However, when it comes to the frames, a little more detail could be required. If the frames are made out of wood, specifically, you might have to sand them, seal them, and repaint them. If you find that the windows can’t be opened easily, you might even have to think about replacing them. 

5. Have the Carpet Cleaned Professionally 

If the property you bought has carpet on its floors, you’re going to want to have that carpet cleaned. After all, because you just bought the property, it’s impossible for you to know the last time that a thorough cleaning was carried out. It could be filled with dirt, grime, and even pet urine, producing not only unsightly aesthetics but foul smells as well.  

We recommend doing a little more than just vacuuming. Full steaming and shampooing are in order. Your best bet is to hire a carpet cleaning company to carry this out for you. 

6. Pest-Proof the Property 

Bugs, rats, and mice are a reality of many rental properties. While you might not yet be sure if your rental property has encountered these pests, you need to plan ahead, regardless. In other words, you need to pest-proof your property.

Not only should you ensure that cracks between doors, windows, and the property’s foundation are closed up, but you should also spray the property with pesticides. Doing this regularly will prevent any serious infestations from occurring. 

7. Paint, Paint, Paint 

You’d be surprised at what a fresh coat of paint can do for a property’s aesthetic. Often times, it’s the only thing needed to turn a stale-looking living space into a bright and inviting one. 

A fresh coat of paint will cover up any scratches, smudges, or uncleanable marks which exist on your walls and ceilings. By painting your property, you’ll essentially be providing your future tenant with a clean slate. 

8. Have the HVAC System Inspected 

Next, you’re going to want to take a closer look at the property’s HVAC system. This includes the furnace or boiler, the air conditioner, and the duct system that’s used to facilitate the flow of forced air. 

When doing this, you’re advised to utilize the services of a professional HVAC specialist. He or she will know exactly what to look for and will be able to make any repairs that might be necessary. 

9. Test Appliances 

Another important component of preparing your rental property is testing its many appliances. These appliances include the refrigerator, the oven range, the dishwasher, the washer, the dryer, and other such entities. 

Generally, the most you can do is run them to ensure that they’re operating properly. If you notice any problems, repairs will need to be made before the property is rented. 

10. Tend to the Detectors 

The last thing you need to do before putting your property up for rent is to tend to its detectors. These include the many smoke and carbon monoxide detectors that exist throughout the property. While they’re probably running just fine, they could easily contain dead batteries and require a replacement. 

Make sure to check each and every one of these detectors. Not only are they vital to keeping your future tenant safe, but they are also likely required by law. 

Need Help Getting Your Property Rent Ready?

Not confident in your ability to get your property rent ready on your own? If so, you’re in the right place. Sterling Place Properties is the premier property management company in Summerville, South Carolina and is well-versed in the process. 

Contact us now to utilize our services!