6 top tips to prepare your home for rent

1. Pay attention to curb appeal

Curb appeal is critical because this is often the first impression renters get of your property. However, you don’t want to go over the top with trimmed hedges, gardens and other items that need to be maintained. You need to strike an interesting balance
between looking good and appearing low maintenance—if people tour your property and feel that it requires an excessive amount of up-keep, they may move on to the next house.

2. Know when to upgrade

While it’s true that renters aren’t as picky as buyers, it’s still necessary to upgrade your appliances and other features of the house when possible. You don’t have to do everything at once, but a home with upgrades or even smart features will likely attract
better prospects and potentially save you money.

It’s also a wise investment because you can charge more for rent, despite the size of the house or location.

At the end of the day, your investments will pay for themselves after a few years.

3. Spray for pests

When prepping your house for renters, have a professional come out and spray for pests. It’s better to take the necessary steps on a routine basis in order to prevent infestation down the road. This also avoids the costs of having to put tenants up in a hotel if an issue is undetected or not taken care of.

4. Inspect heating and air conditioning units

Make it a point to have routine heating and air conditioning unit inspections. Have a professional come to a routine inspection, checking for efficiency, longevity and reliability—renters will not be happy if their energy bill is sky high or they’re stuck without heat or air conditioning when they need it most.

5. Look for small but important fixes

It’s easy to miss some of the most important areas that need fixing in your home because you are not a home repair expert, and you may have been living with many of these quirks for a long time—to you, it’s just how it goes. To new renters, it’s a problem.

Here are a few things to look for:

  • Garage door issues: If you have a garage, renters will want to use it. So, make sure the doors are working properly with a basic inspection. “There are several components that make up the working parts for a properly functioning garage door opener system. Areas that require attention in garage door basic inspections include the Emergency Pull Cord, Torsion Springs, Extension
  • Springs, Broken or extended Chain or Belt.”
  • Lighting issues: Are there some light switches that work, and some that don’t? While you may have learned which ones work and which one’s don’t over the years, tenants will find it annoying.
  • Flooring: If your kitchen tile has been coming up for years, now is the time to fix it—even if it only comes up if you step on it just the right way, or knick a corner with your toe. If you don’t fix it now, tenants will be calling for you to fix it later.

6. De-clutter the house

Before anyone looks at or moves in to your rental, spend an afternoon de-cluttering everything. If you’re renting unfurnished, this shouldn’t be a problem—you’ll take everything out anyway. But if not, this is important.

Renting your home can be a great investment or excellent way keep a property when you have to live elsewhere for a period of time. Use these tips to make sure it’s ready for your first tenants—do the legwork now and everyone will be happy later.

Compliments of First Providence Management