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  • Writer's pictureAmber Kimmel

4 Steps to Getting Your Rental Property Ready

Updated: Aug 22, 2019


When you first buy a rental property, an existing tenant moves out or you are preparing your rental property for yearly or seasonal renters, you will want to get the property “rental ready” to welcome your next tenant. The first impression to the tenant is always important – you want them to know they have a landlord who cares and has pride. By getting the property rental ready for each tenant you will set a good precedent with your client and encourage them to follow your lead in caring for their new home.

4 Steps to Getting Your Rental Property Ready

1. Repair

Upon move out, you’ll want to take care of any required repairs. Some tenants will report every minor problem during their tenancy while others will let things slide. See what needs some attention and before your next tenant moves in, make sure any required repairs are taken care of. Without living in the property you’ll usually miss a couple things, but you want to avoid having your tenant come to you with a laundry list of items that need to be fixed within the first few weeks.

2. Clean

Sometimes you may get lucky and have great tenants who leave the place in better shape than it was when they got the keys, but this is rare. Even with great tenants there are always

a few things to clean up upon move-out. Sometimes tenants may leave items behind, so be sure to get rid of anything left behind by

previous tenant. Once the property is truly empty, be sure to clean the kitchen, bathrooms, windows, appliances and carpets. To be “rental ready” your property should be clean and fresh.

3. Update

The best time to make updates to your property is when the property is vacant, so take advantage to do so in between tenants. Whether you just need to do something simple like cleaning up the yard, adding a fresh coat of paint, updating fixtures and hardware through out the home or something more complex like replacing a kitchen or bathroom. Use the downtime between tenants to your advantage and get any planned upgrades completed during this time when the work will not disturb your tenants.

4. Stock

While the home is vacant, if the home is furnished or stocked for a seasonal rental, this is a great opportunity to do an inventory of furnishings, appliances, linens or kitchen items that may need to be replaced or repaired as well.

With your property well maintained, clean, and fresh, you’ll be “rental ready” and make a good impression upon your next client. A little extra care applied to these simple things will help you start off your next landlord-tenant relationship on the right foot.


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