It’s every landlord’s biggest fear: your tenant’s lease is up, and you go walk through the property to see if they’re getting their security deposit back. What do you see? Holes in the walls, destroyed carpet, broken light fixtures, neglected landscaping…and the list goes on.
You want your tenants to be happy and comfortable in your rental property, but you also want it to be in good shape when they’re done with it. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to make sure your tenants don’t destroy your property during their stay. Here are some of our favorites.
Don’t use flat paint.
While you’ll most likely be repainting the entire house in between tenants, you might be able to get away with a few touchups in certain rooms—but only if you’ve used the right paint from the beginning. Flat paint is going to show every scuff, scrape, and mark. Paints with a shinier finish will be much easier to clean and keep looking fresh.
Choose your flooring carefully.
Flooring in a home can really take a beating, even in a short period of time. Certain kinds of flooring are going to withstand the test of time much more effectively (think tile, vinyl, and laminate) while others (like carpet and hardwood) are more likely to show all the wear. Especially for high traffic areas of your house, consider installing a flooring type that will stand up to all those dirty feet. And when choosing carpet, choose something that is made specifically to be high-traffic friendly and stain-resistant.
Go for low-maintenance landscaping.
Choose greenery that survives your climate easily, without much attention. You’ll definitely want a few trees or bushes outside your home, but don’t go overboard. Too many of these plants, especially in varieties that are hard to take care of, is setting your renters up for failure.
Be present, right from the beginning.
If your tenants are comfortable talking to you, they’ll be much more likely to bring small issues to your attention, before they become big problems. This will save you a lot of hassle and headache when it comes time to find a new tenant. Of course, make sure you’re available at a level that is comfortable for you. You might not be comfortable giving your tenant your personal number, for example. If you’d rather not deal with your tenants directly, hire a great property management company to do all the heavy lifting for you.
Communicate your expectations.
Whether they’re built into the lease, or typed up on a sheet you give to the tenant on the first day of occupancy, it can’t hurt to tell the tenant what you expect when it comes to their care of the property. They will definitely care about your expectations, because ultimately, you decide if they get their deposit back! Tell them things to keep an eye on, what your maintenance schedule is like, and any special care instructions for the flooring, landscaping, or appliances. Make it easy for them to take care of things!
You definitely want to do whatever you can to avoid a sticky situation with your tenant at the end of their lease. Take care of your investment property, and you’ll reap the rewards for years to come!
A property management company can be your best friend as a landlord. Offering various services ranging from marketing to maintenance, Real Property Management can help you make sure that your investment is hassle-free and profitable. Let us help you reach your goals! Give us a call at 480-719-1243 or contact us online today!