Springtime is a busy season for rental properties. Leases are expiring and people are looking for new places to live or looking to renew their current leases. Here are our main tips to ensure that rental turnover is as pleasant and efficient as can be.
Inspect Before Move-Out
First, before renewing a lease or putting a rental house back on the market, it is important to first do a thorough inspection. We recommend scheduling the inspection a few months before the move out. See what condition the property is in currently and check for any maintenance or repairs issues that may be needed. This will save you time by allowing you to make notes and line up the contractors needed.
Give Tenant Move-out Checklist
Make sure to give the tenant a list of what is expected to be cleaned upon move out (appliances, dusting, cleaning bathrooms and floors, etc). We do not normally provide lawn care so it is important to remind the tenant to mow the grass if needed. We save a lot of time and money by not having to schedule contractors for maintenance the tenant should be responsible for. An example of what we use as a checklist is linked below.
30 days prior to move out, you can go ahead and schedule the contractors needed for repairs from your inspection list. Try to schedule contractors to be in the day after the current tenants move out.
Be Ready for the Unexpected
Be flexible! If you run into anything unexpected such as maintenance repairs or delays with tenants just stop to think and plan. Taking set backs in stride gives tenants and owners the confidence in your ability to manage and will help you reach a solution quickly.
After tenant has moved out, inspect again and make sure the rental property is ready for showing. At this point all the contractors should be done with any maintenance or repairs. We like to have the property completely ready for showing so that there is no conflict scheduling showings.
List the Rental on MLS
Listing your rental on the MLS is a quick way that other realtors can see that the property is available. MLS also has an option to post on Zillow, Realtor.com, and Listub.com.
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