A rental property should be prepared with the same mindset as if it was being sold. The rule of thumb is to remove as much clutter as possible.
Our standards are quite high when it comes to cleaning. Because our clients will get maximum return on investment for this expense, we advise them to leave the final cleaning to professionals. We have several preferred vendors who know and frequently exceed our standards for cleaning.
We will discuss the paint color schemes and when you last painted the property. Neutral colors are a safe bet and more appealing to renters regardless of shades that may be considered popular or attractive. Avoid using multiple colors in different rooms and instead focus on one main color theme throughout the property.
People prefer kitchens that look updated. Some small or inexpensive improvements to a kitchen (such as a new sink/faucet, countertop, flooring or new light fixtures) can assist in giving a newer appearance to a kitchen with less modern appliances. Make sure that all cabinets and drawers open/close properly, do not have missing hardware and that they are in good working order.
Outdated bathrooms are expensive to remodel, but simple improvements like new toilet seats, hardware, vanities and lighting will brighten them up. New caulk and grout will improve the appearance while helping to reduce future maintenance expenses.
Ensure that windows are CLEAN inside and out. Bring in as much outdoor light as possible as good views and bright lighting, result in a positive impression of your home. Make sure all windows and doors open and close easily, all screens are in place, and locks are secure.
If window treatments are in good condition (and clean), we would keep them. Plan to provide a tenant with blinds, shades or a covering for all windows that have an inside view from outside of the property.
Heavily worn carpeting or multiple carpeting colors throughout the house frequently result in negative feedback from tenants. If your carpet is not in good condition, plan to replace the carpet.
If you plan to install new carpeting, use one neutral color throughout the entire property. If the carpeting is not being replaced, we still recommend having the carpet professionally cleaned in order to revive and restore its appearance.
Landscaping is one of the first things a prospective tenant sees when they preview your property. Prune shrubs and trees, weed and mulch the flowerbeds, mow and edge the lawn. After you move out, we can arrange for any yard work or mowing that might be necessary until your home is rented.
Most utilities (electricity, water/sewer, gas) need to remain on even after you vacate and between tenancies since we will need them in order to keep the property in good condition and for showing and/or cleaning purposes. Temperatures may be set to optimal energy saving levels, (60 degrees) in the winter (80 degrees) in the summer.
Property owners should remember to cancel all telephone, internet, and cable services as soon as you vacate the house.