In today’s difficult economy and slow sales market, many people are looking to rent out their home. Make preparations for your long-term renters so they can enjoy their new living arrangements.
First and foremost, make sure that your home is clean. No one one wants to move into a home that is dusty or dirty. Vacuum and clean the carpets, and steam-clean the drapes if they show signs of dirt. Make sure countertops, floorings and all surfaces are clean. Don’t forget basements, garages, under cabinets and inside closets.
Make sure that the renter has access to all of the closet space they will need. Remove items you’ve been storing in the basement or closets, and put them in a small, locked area if necessary. Your renters should be able to utilize all of the rented space— not just a portion of it.
While it’s not completely necessary to go above and beyond for your renters, doing a little extra will ensure they enjoy their stay and will recommend your place to others. Consider providing extras like cable television or leave furnace filters in the home for them.
You may want to photograph your property. While your property manager will do this as well, a back up is always a good idea.
Your property manager should outline all the rules and expectations up front. The easiest thing to do to keep you renters in the home long-term is to be very responsive to reasonable requests. Remember that if you make this experience a good one for renters, they’ll be more likely to rent long-term or recommend your place to someone else. For more information on renting your home in the Kansas City area, call National Property Management Group at (913) 766-2302.