It’s the Small Details Your Tenants Will Notice When They Move In
Your reputation doesn’t just hinge on how you care for your tenants when they are living in the property. The attention to detail you put into the property when new tenants are moving in is also important.
If your tenants are moving into a mess that hasn’t been cleaned and has damage, they aren’t going to recommend you to others. There are a few simple things you can do to ensure that the moving in process is a positive experience for your tenant. What you’ll find is that from start to finish, people will talk about your property and you don’t want to get off on the wrong foot.
This begins with a deep cleaning of the property. Most tenants are going to “clean” before they move out. In most cases, it is enough to get their security deposit back and it may “look” fine. The last thing you want to have happen is a new tenant to move in and find something that was overlooked. By having a great company on hand you can call, you can ensure that there are no surprises when people move in. That way, you hear glowing reviews about how clean and tidy your rentals are when people move in.
Don’t just call a clean appearance good either. Have doors and windows inspected for air gaps. Take the time to have the pipes snaked to ensure that you don’t have any issues with water backing up. You may also want to have an electrician come in to test outlets and fix them as needed. Think of all the things that the renter will eventually notice and make sure that you have addressed them. Even something as small as a missing screen can have a major impact on the impression you leave.
When you rekey the locks in the unit, also replace the air filters. If the tenants prior had been in there for a year or longer, duct cleaning can get rid of built of smells and grime. This is a good time for you to do the little details so that things are ready to go before the tenants move in. It’s also a good idea to paint the walls and replace the carpet in the rental also. While minor wear and damage can be fixed by a professional carpet cleaner, it often pays to charge a little more for the rental and have new carpet installed. You should note that more companies are going to tile and linoleum flooring, because it is easier to clean and last longer in the process.
By doing all of this, you avoid a situation where you have to deal with annoyed new tenants due to grime. So you can focus on other aspects that are far more important. You’ll also find that this helps to secure a better reputation for you as a landlord and that translates to less time with vacant properties and more of an income generated.