National Property Management Group Property Managers

Cleaning and Updating Your Rental Home

Because we work with homeowners and investors wanting to rent their rental home properties each day, we know what prospective tenants notice. And one key area: cleanliness.

Don’t leave first impressions to chance. A clean rental home implies that the home has been well kept and that the landlord is reliable. A clean rental home also sets the expectation that the home should be returned that way once the lease is over.

To get your rental home where it needs to be, we recommend the following cleaning tips:

Hire a Professional Rental Home Cleaner

Sure you can run a vacuum, but can you clean your house like a professional cleaning service?   We advise our clients to consider a professional cleaning service to get the task done. Moving is very stressful for tenants, some driving long hours and are exhausted and frustrated. Coming into their new home to find they have to clean before they can unpack is a disaster and one of the most common mistakes new rental home owners make.

Clean The Floors

Dirty carpets are an immediate turnoff to prospective tenants. Have the carpets professionally cleaned by a service. If tiles in the floor are cracked or missing, replace them and repair obvious hard wood damage. All uncarpeted floors should be thoroughly swept and mopped.

Paint Walls and Ceilings

You may need to give the walls a fresh coat of paint before showing your rental home to prospective tenants. Dingy paint is a depressing sight for potential renters. Be sure to repair any nail holes or gashes with some spackle.  Address any water stains in the ceiling by making repairs and painting over. Ensure all ceiling bulbs are working and that light fixtures are dusted.

Clean the Windows

Clean all of the windows inside and out of the rental home and make sure that all of the locks and screens work properly. If your property comes with window treatments, they should be clean and in good working order.

Clear the Vents

Check the vents in each room to make sure they are working properly. Also, all intake and room vents should be free of dust.

Wipe Down Appliances

Do a thorough scrub of all kitchen appliances including the oven and range, refrigerator and dishwasher (if there is one.) Also wipe down the exteriors of the washer/dryer if they are present.

Clear the Cupboards and Closets

Make sure that all storage space is free of the previous tenant’s belongings and is wiped down, swept or vacuumed.

Scrub the Tub and Shower

Nothing says neglect like a mildewed bathroom. Be sure that all grout is scrubbed and reapplied, if necessary. Get the bathtub and shower as clean as possible, install a new shower curtain and consider replacing or resurfacing if needed. Toilets and sinks should also be thoroughly cleaned.

We can expertly handle all of your rental home renovations. Call National Property Management at (913) 766-2302.

Lawn Maintenance & Exterior Updates

Even if yard maintenance will be the responsibility of your new tenant, start them off with a freshly mowed lawn, clean porches and a carport or garage that is clutter-free. According to a 2009 Remodeling Cost vs. Value report by Remodeling Magazine and REALTOR® Magazine, some of the smartest home improvements come in the form of exterior replacement projects. If you’re looking for a way to increase curb appeal and lease your rental home faster, consider a small-scale exterior project. Statistically, you’ll recoup your money much quicker and easier in this manner.

Proudly Serving the Kansas City metropolitan area

We work with rental home tenants and lessees and find the common ground between them. We value both parties and work to find the commonality that works in the favor of both parties.

For more tips about how to take care of your rental home and other property management tips, call (913) 766-2302