Ask any expert, and they will tell you there’s a step-by-step process to make your property “rent ready.” “Rent ready” means the property has been cleaned, repaired, or remodeled and that it’s in rent-able condition for new tenants. Follow this guide to make your home “rentable” quickly and efficiently.
- Re-key the locks. Change the garage door and alarm codes and re-key all outside doors. Texas statute requires certain security items to be changed in a property each time a new tenant moves in. Use a locksmith familiar with the state code requirements and it will save you a lot of headaches.
2. Professionally clean the carpets. Professional “full-steam and shampoo” carpet cleaning works best – you don’t want any residue left because it can attract dirt.
- Spruce up the yard.Cut the grass, trim the bushes, prune the trees, pull the weeds, fix broken sprinkler heads, replace dead or dying shrubbery, and add some new flowering plants (if it’s the season) to flower beds. Remember to remove flower pots, yard furniture and garden decorations; and don’t forget to spray any dirt from the cracks in the sidewalks and patio.
- Change the air filters.In addition to changing the air filters, cleaning the vents and surrounding ceiling area, it’s not a bad idea to replace any reusable air filters with disposable ones. Tenants are required to change filters monthly pursuant to standard leases.
- Get a professional top-to-bottom interior cleaning.Renters expect their rental property to be clean for move-in, so have the property professionally cleaned from top to bottom.
- Let in the light.Make sure all light bulbs are working. Consider energy-efficient bulbs, which reduces energy costs. And don’t forget outside lights – replace bulbs or clean the existing bulbs!
- Inspect ceiling fans. Make sure that all fans (indoor and outdoor) are operating properly and are dust-free.
- Inspect and clean windows and sliding glass doors.Windows and sliding glass doors attract dirt.
- Clean, repair or replace screens.Torn screens can allow pests into your rental property (besides being a security and visual problem). Many cities now require screens on all windows, free from tears.
- Spray for pests.It’s better to have the property sprayed on a regular schedule than to wait until there’s a pest problem. Hiring a professional pest control company for a full treatment saves you time and headaches in the future.
- Paint, repair and fix.Fix any holes in the walls before applying a fresh new coat of paint. Repair or replace any carpet that shows signs of damage as well as damaged tiles. Fresh paint and carpet only lasts so long.
Does this sound like a lot to handle? Then call us – Efurd Properties is easy to reach and is ready to help you with your investment property – 972-572-5656.