Prepare Your Property to Rent
Listed here are a number of items that must be addressed prior to putting your property on the rental market:
• The property must be clean. All personal items must be removed from the premises. If your property is furnished, remember to remove any special personal items or lock them securely in the owner’s closet.
• All appliances must be in good, working order. The drip pans on the stove should be replaced. The garbage disposal will need to have a cover.
• The carpets need to be steamed cleaned or replaced.
• All interior and exterior windows need to be washed.
• All smoke detectors must have a notarized certificate stating that the system has been checked before each new lease.
• If gas appliances, gas fireplace, etc are present, a carbon monoxide detector should be present or installed.
• All HVAC filters must be changed.
• All interior and exterior lights must be working.
• The yard should have proper ground cover, i.e. grass, mulch, pinestraw, etc.
• All interior and exterior cabinets throughout the property should be clean.
• The caulking inside the tubs and showers and around the toilets and sinks should be re-caulked if needed.
• The exterior of the property should be clean, including gutters, roof, etc.
• The property has to be re-keyed prior to each new tenancy.
• The property owner needs to provide landscape and pool maintenance service (if applicable).
Many of these initial checklist items will subsequently be done when the tenants vacate the property as part of their move-out requirements.
Should the owner desire not to complete any of the checklist items above, we will arrange for them to be done, the cost of which will be deducted from the initial month’s rental income.
Regular monthly maintenance (i.e. pool and lawn services) may be deducted from the owner’s rental income, or the owner may pay the provider themselves.