How To Prepare Your Property For Leasing

Have you heard of the expression “Don’t judge a book by its cover”?  Well in this particular case, people will definitely be judging!  Your house or apartment needs to sparkle, it needs to make people feel at home and you want to impress prospective tenants when they arrive at your door step for an inspection.

As a landlord you want to ensure that you are receiving the best possible rental price for your property and most of all you want to get the right tenant. The key to achieving this is to present a property that people would want to be living in.    

By following a few easy steps, you will have your property ready for the rental market in no time.

Back to that book, let’s have a look at the cover.  You are now looking at the front of your property for the very first time.  What do you notice?  Is there anything that can be fixed?  Anything to make it a little more appealing?  The answer to these questions, could be anything from doing a little bit of gardening in the front yard, mowing the lawn, moving the garbage bins to the back of the house or it could involve a little bit more work, such as a paint job, cleaning the front windows or pressure cleaning the driveway.

As a landlord you want to make sure that the inside of the house is dressed to impress.  Remember, your property is not the only property on the rental market.  This could be the first property that a potential tenant has visited for the day or it could be the last.  The two main areas within a home are the kitchen and the bathroom.  Most renters look at these two areas with great interest, so make sure that you are ready to impress. Importantly, they need to be clean and uncluttered, as should be the rest of the property. Another tip is to fill your property with light! Open any window coverings, and if natural light is lacking, then make sure the lights are switched on for the open house. 

If your tenants have just given you their notice to vacate, then giving them the following list will help them prepare your property for open inspections and their own final inspection. It will also help them obtain their bond back. 

  • Carpets to be professionally steamed clean
  • Oven and stove top to be thoroughly cleaned
  • Windows/tracks to be cleaned
  • Bathrooms/ensuites & toilets to be thoroughly cleaned
  • Exhaust fans to be cleaned
  • Light fittings and skirting boards to be cleaned
  • All rubbish removed, including from the garage and any garden sheds
  • Flea treatment done if last resident had animals
  • Smoke alarms (batteries) installed and working
  • Lawns to be mowed and edged, gardens to be weeded

The more prospective tenants like your property and can envisage themselves living there, the more choice you will have in selecting the best tenants!

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