You’ve listed your rental property as available, and you got a call! The showing is scheduled and you’re excited to have a potential tenant for your space.
So how do you make sure that your rental property is putting its best foot forward at that showing? Here’s a quick checklist to help out.
Clean it up
Hopefully it goes without saying, but any trash left behind from previous owners needs to be removed. You should also clean floors, carpets, windows, mirrors, countertops, and other prominent surfaces.
Double check fixtures
Do a quick check of lights, faucets, smoke detectors, and major appliances (if included). Make sure that everything is functioning properly so that you aren’t embarrassed on showing day.
Test A/C and heating
Your tenants will most likely want to know if these systems are working. Make sure they are to make sure your potential tenant is impressed.
Breathe it in
You want your property to smell clean and inviting. This means eliminating any unpleasant odors. However, it also means not overdoing it when it comes to scented products. Synthetic scents can be highly unpleasant to some people. Try to create a subtle, pleasant smell that is homey and welcoming. If all else fails, open a window to let fresh air circulate.
Set the stage.
If your property is furnished, take some time to make sure that the furniture is staged attractively. Make sure it is all clean, of course, but also pay attention to the arrangement and appearance of the furniture. If anything is majorly worn, replace it. Also, things like fresh flowers can create a positive ambience in a home; add some to give your property an extra boost!
Don’t forget curb appeal.
Landscaping and outdoor paint will be the first things your potential renter will notice. Make sure the exterior of the home looks well-kept and polished by cutting grass, raking rocks and/or leaves, trimming bushes, sweeping walkways, and touching up paint. Make the first impression a good one!
This is more about you than your property, but it’s still good to keep in mind. Arrive on time for the showing, and try to remember the potential tenant’s name. Be willing to walk through the property with them to showcase its best features, but also allow them time to themselves; this will make it easier for them to envision the property as their own. And of course, make sure they know how to get in touch with you when they decide that this is the home for them!
Preparing your rental property for a showing can be overwhelming, and that’s only part of your job as an investment property owner. To ease the burden, consider hiring a property management company to help keep your investment property occupied with great tenants. It’s a great way to profit from your investment without dealing with a lot of the hassle. Contact Real Property Management at 480-719-1243 today to learn what this amazing service can do for you.