How to Prepare Your Rental Home for a Tenant

How to Prepare Your Rental Home for a Tenant
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    If you are thinking of renting your home a few minor improvements can easily improve your chances of finding a tenant quickly and at a higher rent

    Let's take a look at some minor home renovations you can tackle before you seek a tenant:

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Kerb Appeal —

How does your home look from the street? If a tenant’s initial reaction isn’t a good one, then its kerb appeal may be weak. With a friend by your side, look at your home from the street and discuss its pluses and minuses. Those minuses might include painting the woodwork, trimming or removing overgrown bushes and sprucing up the entrance way. Attend to these matters before seeking a tenant.

Interior Impressions —

A potential tenant can like what he sees on the outside of your home, but be put off by something on the inside. Your friend with an objective eye can help you here. Some concerns of a tenant could be the cleanliness or condition of the carpet. Have them cleaned, repaired or replaced. Consider exposing the wood floors for maximum visual interest. Paint the walls a neutral color, remove excess furniture and hide that controversial artwork that might be a distraction to a prospective tenant.

Appliances and Fixtures —

All appliances and fixtures should be in working order for a new tenant. If any appliance is old or simply outdated, replace it with an energy-saving unit. You’ll get your money back through your rent receipt and later increased value in your home. Your tenant will enjoy a lower electricity bill. Light fixtures should be clean and working, with switches and outlets in excellent order. An electrician can be called in to handle electrical matters to ensure that your home is safe.

Plumbing Problems —

A running toilet, a leaky tap or a partially clogged shower head are important minuses that need to be fixed before you rent your home out. You may be able to handle these problems yourself, but consider calling on a plumber to fix these problems and evaluate your overall plumbing. This is important if you expect to have a tenant in place for two or three years, an individual that you want to be satisfied with your home and a timely-paying tenant at that.

If your property has a garden make sure it is neat and tidy and makes the most of the space available, gardens are a valuable asset but an unkempt garden can be a hindrance to finding a tenant.

Once you have finished your updates, you’ll be ready to look for and a tenant for your home. You’ll make your move when you’re ready and have a good rent-paying tenant. Once your house has had a few minor tweaks your ready to put your property on the rental market and wait for your new tenants to move in.

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