6 Things Too Consider If You Decide To Rent Your Home

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6 Things Too Consider If You Decide To Rent Your Home


Is renting your home a good idea if you can’t sell it? That depends if you are looking to become an investor.  While this may seem like the easy thing to do here are 6 Things Too Consider If You Decide To Rent Your Home.


moving truck1.    Consult with your tax adviser. Turning your principle resident into a rental may have tax ramifications later when you decide to sell.

2.    Consult with an eviction attorney. Understand how the eviction process works in advance should you have a tenant who fails to pay.

3.    Consider hiring  a property manager.  Property managers are trained to deal with tenants and problems that can come up. What would you say to a tenant who says, “They don’t have enough money to pay the rent because they need to buy food for the family?”

4.    Should you decide to go it on your own, hire a company who provides Tenant Screening.  That way you know you are renting to the person on the application and know if they have had any history of not paying rent.

5.    Make a budget and look at your finances closely. Can you afford to pay the mortgage if the property sits vacant for 1, 2, 3 months?  Do you have reserve funds for repairs that will need to be made?

6.    Contact your insurance company.  You may need to change your liability coverage. The insurance company will also want to know when the house is vacant as well as occupied.  If you fail to contact them, they could deny a claim if one is made.

Owning real estate is a great investment, becoming an investor / landlord of real estate can have it's challenges. Should you decide to rent your home because you can’t sell it, be sure you have all the facts and know what to 

Read a related article on Tenant Screening and the importance.

Comments (4)

Georgia Perez
Windermere Real Estate / WSI - Seattle, WA
Broker, ABR, CNE, Seattle, WA 206-356-9872

great post Susan. I'm surprised at how many people decide to rent their home and do none of the things you suggest here. It's very helpful to have a third party do the tenant screening/credit check for you, even if you want to manage your rental yourself!

Aug 15, 2011 09:02 AM
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"

Susan  This is really very useful information for oyr market and throughout the US - suggested

Aug 15, 2011 11:32 AM
Susan Jacobs CDRE
Samson Properties - Gainesville, VA
Gainesville,VA Certified Divorce RealEstate Expert

Georgia, we know that how emotional envovled these seller are and that "nice Couple" isn't always so nice.

 

Aug 15, 2011 11:59 AM
Susan Jacobs CDRE
Samson Properties - Gainesville, VA
Gainesville,VA Certified Divorce RealEstate Expert

Thanks Karen.

Aug 15, 2011 12:00 PM