Keeping your rental home “show-ready” for potential tenants isn’t a walk in the park. One of the advantages of hiring a property management company is that you have someone to give their professional opinion on staging and decorating issues.
Your property manager lets you know if there are cobwebs or bugs you missed and if people are commenting negatively about a certain aspect of the rental home that you can easily remedy. It doesn’t cost a fortune to farm out some of the duties associated with an immaculate house and yard.
To make money in the hot rental market, consider hiring a property manager who will oversee the cleaning and maintenance of your rental with the understanding that your home has to look good to potential tenants.
Taking care of the interior
When it comes to maintaining the home, it’s important to hire someone who specializes in thorough home cleaning as well as a person who handles yard maintenance. People who rely on family members often regret the decision because the DIY approach doesn’t always work as well as anticipated. Even if you live in the area, you can rely on the property manager to report back about shoddy work or problems.
Attending to outdoor issues
In addition to mowing the lawn, a property manager hires the right people to take care of weeding or any issues that would ruin curb appeal. If you have not rented out your home yet, you still need to follow homeowner association rules about general maintenance and upkeep. Getting a fine or lien against your home could complicate an investment. Pay close attention to the utility bills in case a worker or tenant forgets to turn off the water. Also, talk to the property manager about how to switch over the utilities to the tenants.
If you want greater peace of mind, ask your property management company to text photographs of completed work. A good property manager keeps your home show-ready, communicates and checks the property for the owner.
In addition to making sure the rental home is move-in ready, your property manager will discuss whether or not to stage the rental home. Making the home smell nice with air fresheners, adding accessories and making targeted upgrades are a few of the ways to make sure your rental doesn’t languish on the market costing you more money.
At Housing Helpers, we provide complete property management services for mom-and-pop landlords, “reluctant landlords” who inherit homes as well as experienced real estate investors. For more tips on keeping your rental home show-ready, please contact us at 303-545-6000.