5 Tools You Should Provide for Your Rental Properties

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Property Manager with Martin Presence Group Brok.0995682636-ASA

You’ve worked hard to get your rental property into perfect condition, and now you are turning it

over to a new tenant. Like every landlord, you hope that the tenant will care for the property as

you have. Surely you want to do anything that might make it easier for tenants to do so. By

providing these five relatively inexpensive tools as part your property, you can help ensure that

when something happens, the tenants have what they need to deal with it immediately.

1. Toilet plunger: Enough said.

2. Fire extinguisher: You’d think this would also be a given, but the truth of the matter is a fire

extinguisher is an often overlooked piece of equipment. Make sure you purchase one for each

rental unit you own and place it in a convenient location. Be sure to review how to use it with

your tenant as part of the walk-through inspection.

3. Emergency call list: Good landlords have a range of experts on hand to call in an emergency,

such as plumbers, electricians and so forth. If you want your tenant to be able to respond to

emergencies that require outside assistance and save their belongings and your property, consider

providing an emergency list for them to use. Set a protocol. Decide whether you want them to

call you first, then call the emergency service if you don’t answer within five minutes or some

other arrangement. Providing your tenants with the names and numbers of people who know you

and your property and whom you trust can save your wallet in the long run.

4. Rechargeable flashlight: This may seem like an odd item to include in a rental property, but

it’s something that tenants don’t realize they need until they really do need it. Providing a heavy-

duty flashlight that plugs into a socket and recharges automatically benefits your tenant in

several ways. In a blackout situation, your tenant will be able to check the property safely, flip

breakers if necessary, and navigate stairs without injury. It may also be useful for your tenant to

use a flashlight to peek into dark places under the sink or in a dark utility room and spy a

problem, like a leak, sooner.

5. Lawn mower: Before you hyperventilate, read on. If you are renting out a single family

home and part of the lease agreement states that the tenant is responsible for mowing and light

yard work, it’s a good idea to provide a lawn mower for the tenant to use. This doesn’t have to be

a top-of-the-line zero turn radius; just a basic mower from the local discount store will do. Most

renters won’t own a lawn mower, and wouldn’t really be excited about purchasing one. With a

lawn mower you provide, you can ensure that the blades are sharp, the machine is tuned up each

season, and the tenant has no excuse to let the lawn get too long. Make sure you outline the

expectations for lawn care in the lease agreement and include the lawn mower as part of the

inventory for move-in and move-out inspections.

All in all, the ideal tenant is one that treats your rental property like a home, not just a stopping

point on the journey to the next rental. By providing your tenants with the tools and equipment

they might need to take care of the place, you are increasing the chances of keeping your

property in excellent shape.



 

 

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Rainmaker
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Erika Rae Albert, Austin Real Estate Expert
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Air filters are good too!  

Sep 25, 2017 08:22 AM #1
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Andy Brown-Climer School of Real Estate
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Ha! never thought about the plunger before but you are so right

Sep 25, 2017 08:52 AM #2
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
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Ha Ha Ha...plunger...enough said!

Sep 26, 2017 04:35 AM #3
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Jan Green
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Love your list of essentials for a rental!  Thankfully, I'm covering the lawn maintenance with my rental so don't need a lawnmower!  The plunger idea would have come in handy.  I took mine over and broke it, forcing the tenant to get a new one.  In the end I needed a plumber as the issue was 5' down! 

Oct 02, 2017 09:15 AM #4
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Grant Schneider
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Good morning Corey - yes that list makes so much sense.  The toilet plunger in particular.

Oct 04, 2017 04:09 AM #5
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Debbie Reynolds
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These are good suggestions. We give names of lawn services if the tenant does not have their own.

Oct 07, 2017 07:02 PM #6
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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
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Corey, this is a good idea. Wonder how many landlords or property managers have thought about that. A little ounce of prevention or a hint in form of a plunger could go a long way in preventing larger problems down the road. 

Oct 26, 2017 04:52 PM #7
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Jim Cheney
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Corey Martin I think some simple gardening tools would be helpful.  I know when I was a renter, I enjoyed keeping the outdoor living space clean even though a gardener was provided.  

Oct 27, 2017 11:31 AM #8
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Kat Palmiotti
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This a great list, and yes, all are needed. A fire extinguisher and plunger should definitely be top of the list!

Dec 02, 2017 04:05 AM #9
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Sounds like a great list to me, especially the plunger and the flashlight. Thanks, Corey.

Jeff

Dec 02, 2017 07:29 AM #10
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Mary Jo Quay
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Great ideas. Maybe a small permanently affixed toolbox with screwdrivers, pliers, wrench, hammer and a few screws might help as well. 

 

Dec 09, 2017 06:02 AM #11
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