Every property demands maintenance and rental homes, particularly, need special care to attract maximum tenants. A tenant will always look for a well maintained house and hence it becomes important for the landlord to add the needed amenities before the tenant moves.
Here is a list of things that a property owners should check before renting:
- Kitchen. It is required to remove grease and food residue from the sinks and slabs. The microwave, oven, grill, filter and hood must be thoroughly cleaned. Make sure to remove any burnt food deposits near the burners. Stoves must be installed properly, free of gas leaks or electrical hazards. Dishwashers and garbage disposals must be in proper working condition.
- Doors and locks. To ensure safety and security, change and/or rekey the locks. Doors should be tightly secured. Look for gaps under the doors that let the cold air in, thus increasing the electricity bill. Check the knobs and repaint the doors if required.
- Vacuum the carpets. Before inviting prospective tenants for a property visit and/or before you finally rent it out, vacuum all the carpeted floors. Sweep and mop the non-carpeted floors. You may consider hiring professional steam cleaning to make your carpets and rugs look like new again.
- Closets and wardrobes. The closets should be clean and empty. Make sure you get rid of the junk or leftover clothes, shoes and other knick-knacks from the previous tenants. Make sure there is no mold growth or rusting. Try to keep them clean and odorless.
- Touch up the paint. In case of scuffs and marks on doors, windows or walls, you can clean them with a damp sponge. You can re-touch the paint to save time and for better results.
- Check appliances, make sure they work. Thoroughly check the appliances like oven, refrigerator and AC, to make sure they are in a good working condition. In case you are unable to fix something on time, inform your tenant that you will replace, fix or upgrade them at the earliest. Refrigerators should be clean and empty, dryers and washers must be installed and working properly.
- Maintain the furnace. In case the tenant is moving in during the colder months, it is likely he will need the furnace on the very first day. Thus, keeping the furnace ready should top the list. Fortunately, you can extend the life of the furnace by a routine maintenance. Change the filter, and have a professional take a look in case its efficiency has reduced.
- Clean the AC filters. As summer comes to an end, ACs should be winterized. Clean the filters and cover the exteriors to avoid dust and snow to seep in. As the ACs won’t be in use for a long time, it is best to keep them prepared for the summers.
- Check the bathroom. Remove the mildew and soap residue collected in the corners and on the tiles. Ensure that the toilet and shower areas are clean. Sinks, tubs as well as toilets should drain quickly and make sure they do not leak. Showers and faucets must have adequate flow and pressure. Supply lines and waste lines should be properly connected.
- Check the smoke detectors. Replace batteries in smoke detectors and remotes to ensure they are working properly.
- Walkways. The stairs and patio must be properly leveled and should not be loose or broken. The balconies, porches and decks should also not be cracked, rotted or rusted. Wood repairs must be made if necessary. Lawns and garages should also be maintained.
- Walls and ceilings. They should be clean and structurally sound. Check for holes, dents, loose taping, water damage and holes. Wallpapers should not be loose or torn and must be adhered to the wall.
- Floors. Flooring of the house should also be structurally sound. Floor coverings should be clean, secure and free of holes, tears, burns as well as stains. Make sure good quality/durable coverings are used.
- Sanitation. The property should be free from garbage. It should be noted that the area is clean and in sanitary condition. The property should not be infested with insects, pets and rodents. In case it is infested, extermination shall be done before occupying the property.
- Electricals. Lights, lamps, switches and electrical outlets should be wired properly and safe to operate.
- Most of the items listed above can be taken care of in a comparatively less time. While renting, it becomes imperative to ensure you present a clean and fully equipped home.
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