How to Secure Quality Tenants

Do you have an investment property that’s up for rent? Are you a landlord looking for a quality tenant? What are the best ways to secure a great match?  As with any relationship, you have to put your best foot forward and showcase your assets. This means preparing your property to be one of the most appealing rentals in your market. Prospective tenants often judge a property even before they get out of the car. While you can’t change the location of your property, you can certainly upgrade the curb appeal. Follow these suggestions from the experts and you’ll have your property rented in no time!

Stand across the street and assess the condition of the exterior of your property. Make a list of items that need to be addressed. All shrubbery should be trimmed below the windows and away from the sidewalks and entry ways. Paint shutters and front door as needed. Invest in new porch lighting, a new mailbox and house numbers. Make the entryway welcoming to prospective tenants. Remember, every investment you make goes towards securing a quality tenant that will maintain, if not increase, the value of your property.

On the interior, repaint all of the rooms as well as the trim, baseboards and doors. Address all deferred maintenance, no matter how minor. The floors should be steam cleaned and carpet replaced as necessary. Power clean bathrooms and kitchen so there is no trace of prior tenants. Confirm that all appliances, including the HVAC system are in working orders. Clean and prepare the home as if you were to move in yourself. The tenants will notice the details. Having arrived at the property, they already know the bedroom and bathroom count. It’s time to wow them with the quality of finishes and overall condition of the property.

Take photos of every room as well as a panoramic video to post on your online rental listing. Be as detailed as possible in the content of your description of the property. Select several websites to post your rental listing and be clear about the terms of the lease and amenities the property offers. Good luck to you!

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