As a landlord, there are many tasks to take care of when preparing a rental property for someone new. In this blog post, we will go over the steps that you should take before your tenant moves in. We'll also highlight some tips that will help keep your rental property looking great!
One thing that is sure to be on your tenant's list during their initial walk-through of the property is the color scheme in the home. The best way for you as a landlord to ensure they are happy with what they see when moving into your rental is by painting it fresh and new!
Paint will help brighten up any room or living space while bringing out its true colors. If certain areas need touching up, now would also be an appropriate time to do so before renting it out again!
Once you've painted all surfaces – including trim work, doors, and cabinets – let everything dry completely before doing anything else inside the house! This can take anywhere from 12 hours to over 24 hours, depending on the type of paint you used.
Although you may have already gotten rid of any old or dirty furniture pieces along with other items which no longer serve a purpose, it is important to keep your real estate rental looking fresh and new between tenants! For Londoners, this can be done by Wandsworth cleaning companies that can be found online. You also should never let food sit inside cabinets or on countertops, as this will only attract bugs & rodents while they're away! In addition, make sure all windows are opened up daily during warmer months to air everything out properly to prevent lingering odors from settling into anything left behind.
Kitchens and bathrooms tend to be two of the most used rooms in a home, so they must look their best when your tenant moves in! Before you do anything else inside the house, clean out both kitchens and bathrooms thoroughly, restocking them with new soap dispensers, hand towels & toilet paper holders. You also may want to replace any old or broken flooring throughout these spaces if needed.
As far as appliances go – which will likely already have been replaced by this point – make sure all cabinets are closed tightly around tile countertops before moving on from each room. There should not be visible gaps between tiles/appliances anywhere within a kitchen or bathroom for safety reasons (water damage can quickly occur otherwise).
If there are any noticeable dents, cracks, or holes on the walls of your rental property – now is a good time to have them repaired. You don't want to move out and then return only for these issues to be pointed out by your new tenant! Also, keep an eye open for damage that may not necessarily be visible from the surface level of paintwork. If you suspect there's been some sort of water leak in one area (such as behind appliances), this would also be a perfect time to investigate it further before moving forward with renting out the home again.
Clean up all dirt & grime around window sills and door jams while you're at it too; make sure everything is looking like new once repairs have taken place throughout the property.
Once these repairs are done, your rental should be ready for move-in! As you can see – even though there is a lot to do, preparing the home for new tenants is not that difficult and worth it in the end. You will have a happy tenant moving into your rental while also minimizing potential issues down the line with them living there.
As much as you will want to use your tenant's old sheets, linens & towels for yourself once they move out, it is important that you not touch anything within the property during this preparation process! Doing so can confuse after move-out day when their items are mixed in with yours or vice versa – ultimately leading to additional tasks on both ends before another new renter moves into the house again.
It would be helpful if all of your tenants' belongings were clearly labeled beforehand (by them) but because there may not always be time for this ahead of the inspection date, make sure each room has plenty of empty hangers along with matching laundry baskets waiting for each closet/bathroom!
Not everyone lives up to high standards but some people consider others' properties as well before leaving – these tenants would likely appreciate preparation efforts from you which is something worth thinking about ahead of time while working through what needs to be done at each home inspection date throughout the year! Keep reading below for more helpful tips & tricks on real estate rentals.