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5 tips to get your property “rent-ready” this summer – Residential Property Management. | Real Estate Blog – Niche Portfolio

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

If you’ve just purchased an investment property and are looking to find new tenants in the summer months, getting your house “rent-ready” is an important process, For those in the residential that ensures you get the best return form your hard-earned investment. Although many of us don’t like to think that first impression are all that counts, when it comes to residential property management, a poorly maintained or lacklustre looking property can be the difference between a moderate return and a great return on investment.

Getting your property “rent-ready” doesn’t have to be a painful or frustrating experience. There are many things you yourself can do around the house to help get your property ready for listing on the rental market. Below we’ve provided a list of the most cost effective ways to get your property ready for the summer rental market. Following these simple steps will ensure you get the largest return possible form your new investment property.

1.       Re-key the locks.

When you’ve got a new renter moving into your house it’s important you change all the locks to ensure upmost security for new tenants. As a residential property manager, we believe this is one of the most important things to do when introducing your property to the rental market for the first time. Re-key all the outside doors, being mindful to remember other locks such as mailboxes, side-gates and outdoor sheds.

2.       Professionally clean the carpets.

Having the carpet of your investment property professionally cleaned before inspections begin is a great way to project a fresh and inviting image to any potential tenant. If you’re trying to attract a great return, small touches like this make all the difference.

3.       Clean, Repair or Replace Screens.

Dirty or torn window screens are not only an unsightly blight on your property’s exterior. If you want to make the most of you residential property management, then make sure these are always clean and presentable. On top of this, broken or torn screens also pose a security threat if not correctly installed. Be sure to walk around the exterior of your house, noting any window screens that may be torn or dirty. Be sure to hose down the dirty screens and replace any with tears or holes forming.

4.       A fresh lick of paint never hurts!

Taking a day or two to add a fresh coat of paint to tired looing rooms will do wonders for fulfilling the complete potential for your Investment property. When inspection day rolls around, with large numbers of potential tenants inspecting your property, a fresh coat of paint may add that extra touch of character that helps you receive the best return possible

5.       Get the gardens looking great!

The front and back gardens of your property are going to be a game changer. There’s nothing we all enjoy more than relaxing out the front or back in a great looking garden. If yours fails to impress, you can kiss that high return goodbye. Make sure you’re watering the plants and the lawns regularly. Replace any broken pavers or garden tiles, also paying close attention to the sprinkler system (if you have one) making sure you replace any broken sprinkler heads.

Top all this off with the addition of a few flowering plants (right now it’s the perfect time of year,) and you’ll be well on your way to a great looking garden. This will be sure to drive up your rental income, maximising the returns on your hard earned investment.

By following these simple steps you will be sure to have your new investment property rent ready in no time!