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Easy Ways to Get Your Property Ready to Rent

Easy Ways to Get Your Property Ready to RentWhether you are looking to rent your property for the first time or the tenth, part of finding a great renter starts with getting your property rent-ready. A “rent-ready” property is clean, has completed repairs, and is available for the new tenants to move in when they sign the lease. We are highlighting six things you can do to make your rental property more appealing to renters and also reduce your maintenance expenses along the way. Some of these items are a little more costly than others, but they are all worth considering as you try to find the best renters for your Brevard County, FL rental properties.

Easy Ways to Get Your Property Ready to Rent in Brevard County

Clean Thoroughly and Check for Mold

New lessees are attracted to rentals that are “move-in ready” clean. Many property owners have their rental professionally cleaned which includes everything from scrubbing the baseboards to cleaning out the appliances.

A clean property also includes changing the air filters. Instead of reusable ones that tenants have to clean, replace the air filters with disposable ones. Make sure to tend to the inside and out of cabinets and vanities, light fixtures, window sills, toilets, and appliances, including the dryer vent. Note and complete repairs along the way.

Professional carpet cleaning is also a necessity as well since their shampoo and steam machines do not leave behind a residue like rental and personal machines. Some landlords include this as a checkout requirement of the previous tenants.

Sometimes previous tenants don’t “keep house” as well as you’d like and this can leave a home in need of deodorizing from mold and mildew. While cleaning, make sure to check for mold especially in dark corners of the laundry room as well as in the bathroom around fixtures and in showers.

Scrub mold with soap and water off surfaces, except drywall, which will require replacement if found.

Check, Service, or Upgrade Appliances and Light Fixtures

Making sure the appliances are working and in good repair is a crucial part of getting your property ready to rent. In general, people tend to take care of nicer things, so the nicer your appliances, the better the chance that new tenants will take care of the items you upgrade or replace.

Appliances to check include turning on the oven to check the temperature on the dial and a thermometer inside is the same. Check the water heater pilot light to make sure it’s steady and blue. Wash a load in the washing machine and dry it in the dryer. Service any appliances that are not working properly.

Check to make sure all light fixtures are in working order. Replace any broken or missing light bulbs; consider putting in energy-efficient bulbs. This kind of bulb reduces energy costs and doesn’t need to be replaced as often. Sometimes a simple upgrade in lighting fixtures refreshes a room, making it seem less dated.

Re-key or Change Locks

Re-keying and recoding locks make old keys your previous tenants may still have unusable. You never know who may have a copy of a key or know codes to your property. Make sure to change the garage door and any security alarm codes. Re-key all outside doors, remembering outdoor locks such as mailboxes, side gates, and outdoor sheds. 

If you are part of an HOA, make sure you have all the codes to any community buildings, fitness centers, swimming pools, or community gates. It’s also a good idea to let your HOA know there will be new tenants occupying the property and the old tenants should not be allowed access to any of the community facilities attached to your Brevard County, FL rental. 

Painting Walls and Trim

Tenants want a property that is or looks like it is, freshly painted. Repainting every time you have a new tenant is the most costly and aggravating expense for property owners. Professional painting costs vary depending on the size and difficulty of the job as well as where you live in the country. You can reduce this cost greatly by doing the work yourself.

Fix any holes in the walls from pictures or decor your previous tenants hung before applying a fresh new coat of paint. If you plan to rent for more than one year, it’s most cost-effective to paint the entire house.  Using a neutral color allows the chance that it can be touched up, if needed, at a much lower cost than totally repainting every wall in the future.

Exterior Refresh and Landscaping

If you have spent considerable time and or money to improve and maintain the exterior and landscaping of the property, consider a lawn and landscaping service to provide most of the care. You can include the cost of the monthly rent.

Depending on how well your previous tenants maintain the property while living in the rental, you may need to put time into repairs and paint any wood on the exterior. This includes having gutters cleaned, check trees for any potential hazards, and pressure wash siding, sidewalks, decks, and driveways. If your rental property is in an area that pays an HOA fee for pressure washing some things may be included in the annual work.

Clean and Replace Windows and Screens

Remove window screens, and wash them. You should replace them if they are torn or the frames are bent. Torn screens allow pests in the rental property. Repairing or replacing them saves you money in the long run since you will have fewer visits from the pest control company. 

Consider having the windows professionally cleaned to bring light into the house. Repair any broken windows or windows that are difficult to open. Inoperable windows are both a safety hazard and a visual blight on the property.

The amount of time and money you have to invest in getting a unit ready to rent in Brevard County, FL depends on the current market and the condition of the unit. Finding the best tenants often depends on ensuring your property is “rent-ready” when a unit is open. If you don’t have the time consider, hiring a property manager.

At All Brevard Property Management, we specialize in property management services.  Our full-time property managers represent the owners’ interests while watching out for the tenants’ rights and obligations as well. Contact us to learn more about our services or view our properties.

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5 Signs You’ve Found the Perfect Rental Home

5 Signs You've Found the Perfect Rental HomeFinding a place to rent can be a hassle. Just when you think you’ve found the right place something comes up and it’s back to the drawing board. So what are some signs that you’ve finally found the perfect rental home for you and your family?

5 Signs Youv’e Found The Perfect Rental Home

A Good Neighborhood

The location of your rental is key. The one thing you can never change about a home is its location. If you want a clean, safe neighborhood where your children can play outside without worry then don’t settle for less. A rental property in a safe neighborhood doesn’t have to break the bank and the wait will be worth it. You’ll benefit greatly from the peace of mind. 

There’s No Pressure To Sign

If a landlord is pressuring you to sign something immediately that’s a bad sign. It could mean they’re trying to hide something big and hoping you won’t notice it until the deal is done, it could mean they’re impatient and insensitive, or it could mean they desperately need the money. Whatever it is one thing is certain: that’s not the kind of person you want to rent from. 

It’s Well Taken Care Of

Pay close attention to the state of the home when looking at rental properties and make sure everything is in working order. If the landlord isn’t taking care of his property now, can you really trust him to do it once you move in? If you find a home that’s clean and well maintained, even when no one is living there, then odds are you’ve found a landlord who really cares about his tenants and his property.

The Landlord Is Experienced

A landlord who has been around the block is usually going to be easier to deal with. Someone who is just dipping their toes into renting or thinks it’s just a way to make a quick buck is probably going to end up causing you some headaches down the line.

Your Family Loves It

Moving into a new place can be a big change so if you’ve found a place that your kids immediately love, you know you’ve got something special. You’re all in this together and it’s important that everyone is happy.

At All Brevard Property Management, we know how important it is to find the perfect rental home. We’ve been representing both property owners and tenants for over 20 years. Contact us today to take one more step towards finding the rental home of your dreams in Brevard County, FL.

Wondering if Brevard County, Florida is the right place for your family? Check out our post on why it’s a great place for investment properties here. You’ll find these same reasons make it a wonderful place to live.


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