How to prepare your rental unit for new tenants

Real Estate | 3 Feb, 2020 |

It can be an overwhelming process when your current tenant gives you their notice to move out since there is so much to do to prepare the property for new tenants. Of course, you want to ensure the property looks clean and fresh so you can show it to prospective tenants, but there are other steps you need to take to make sure it’s ready for residence. 

Along with a tenant move-out checklist, here is a list of actions you should take to prepare your property for new tenants. 

Prepare early

If there are any major repairs or renovations that need to be done in between tenants, it’s better to start working on them well in advance. You don’t want to be showing your property to prospective tenants and have it looking like it’s part of a construction site — you want it to look move-in ready so your potential tenants can imagine themselves living there. 

Check all the utilities

All of the utilities should be in good working order before you begin showing your rental property to prospective tenants. This means checking to make sure the heat comes on in every room, all the outlets and light fixtures work, the plumbing isn’t clogged or leaking anywhere, and the boiler is safe and working properly. These are the basic necessities for anyone to maintain a proper quality of life so check and double-check that everything is working as it should. It’s a good idea to call in a professional if you don’t have the proper knowledge and certifications to check and repair anything yourself. 

Clean the property

Everything needs to be cleaned from top to bottom before you start showing your property so you can avoid any embarrassing showings where someone points out any dirt. If there are any hazardous situations — for example, if you find mold or mildew — that must be dealt with immediately. 

Mop any tile or hardwood floors and clean the carpets thoroughly, scrub the bathrooms (particularly the shower and tub) and kitchens (especially any tiling on the walls) until they sparkle, wash the windows and curtains, dust and sweep any debris away and clean any appliances that are included with your unit. 

Deep cleaning an entire property can be a big task, and if you don’t have the time to do it thoroughly yourself, there are ways to alleviate this job from your list. Get in touch with end of tenancy cleaning London professionals to get it done for you.  

Give the property a makeover

First impressions are everything, so if you want to impress new tenants you must make sure your entire unit looks presentable and desirable. It wouldn’t hurt to give your property a refresh, even if that just means giving the walls a fresh coat of paint. If you do choose to repaint the walls, choose a neutral color that will stand the test of time and is easy to match with the rest of the decor. 

If you include furniture with your rental, it may be worthwhile to invest in some contemporary furniture that will last a long time. Prospective tenants will be more likely to make an offer and stay at the property longer if they feel everything has been carefully maintained and considered, and ideally, you would like to keep good tenants for a long time. 

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