How To Prepare Your Property Management For Tenant Occupancy

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Goodjuju

 

The first responsibility of a property management in Seattle and most other states is to ensure that your property is maintained in the top condition because as you know renting out your property comes with a great deal of responsibility. You’ve got to make sure that the property is in a good enough condition for the tenant to live in. Even the law demands a warranty of habitability from the landlord.

Therefore, before you can accept new tenants, you need to give the entire property a thorough walkthrough to make sure there are no major issues that need to be addressed.

Let’s see how you can prepare your property for your new tenants.

Get All the Fixtures Fixed

Make sure that the fixtures, including showers, faucets, toilets, and tubs aren’t leaking and ensure that they’re operating correctly. In case there are any leaks, or a fixture needs to be replaced, address these problems before you hand over your property to the new tenants. Not only will this provide quality living conditions, but repairing leaky faucets will lower the water bills as well.

Clean the Carpets Thoroughly

Before you can allow your tenants to move in, you must clean your carpets thoroughly. Carpets are highly contaminated with bacteria and other harmful chemicals. Mold and mildew may grow on the carpets as well. If there is too much mold or mildew, you should consider replacing the carpets altogether.

Old pet stains are also an issue if you allow pets in your property. Cat urine stains, in particular, may be contaminated with a deadly disease, toxoplasmosis. All the carpet-related risks call for a thorough carpet cleaning before you allow your tenants to start living in your property.

Clean the Storage Spaces Completely

The growth of mildew and mold is common under cabinets and that's why it's so important in Saratoga Springs Property Management to check all storage spaces. While you’re preparing your property for your tenant occupancy, make sure to clean mold and mildew from all storage spaces. If the growth is too widespread, you may have to replace the cabinets. Moreover, tenants often neglect closets when they’re vacating a property, so make sure to check all the cupboards so that they’re clean and tidy when the new tenants move in.

Note: If the previous occupants have forgotten something valuable in the closets, it is the responsibility of the landlord to track them and hand over their belongings.

Repair the Walls

You should make sure that you’ve fixed any cracks or holes and repainted the walls before you accept your new tenants. Scrutinize the wall condition so that you know if the previous occupants caused any damages. Holding the new tenants liable for damage that someone else caused is extremely unethical. If you don’t plan on getting the walls repainted, the least you should do is fill in any holes and cover the patches so that your property looks presentable enough.

Check Appliances

Before you let new tenants move in, make sure that all the appliances like the oven, washing machine, etc. are functioning properly. If the appliances in your home are too outdated, you should consider replacing them with newer models. Old appliances waste a lot of energy. Thus, replacing these appliances will lower the utility bills. Moreover, your tenants will also appreciate the newer appliances and will be more inclined to take care of them.

Check the Doors and Windows

All the doors and windows must work smoothly. Check if the doors and windows in your home open and close properly and ensure that they don’t need any alignment or fixing.

You can’t accept new tenants immediately after the previous ones have left. You must address any issues that may be prevailing, regardless of how small they appear.

Comments (1)

Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Landon, have been selling for 24 years, and have NOT ONCE had a thought of doing property management!   I have a very good friend that loves it.   Great post.

Apr 11, 2020 01:11 PM