Before you can place a tenant in your San Francisco rental property and start collecting rent, you have to make sure the property is ready for the market. Listing a property before it’s clean and repaired will only lead to longer vacancy times.
We have a few things to check off your list before you put your property in front of prospective tenants.
Remove any Personal Property
Maybe you’ve lived in the property that you’re preparing to rent out. If so, make sure you remove all of your personal belongings. If there was a tenant or anyone else living there previously, all of those belongings have to be cleared away. Don’t leave a sofa in the living room because it’s too heavy to move. Don’t leave a set of towels in the bathroom. Tenants won’t want a toaster or a set of dishes. You might think you’re being helpful, but you’re only offering a cluttered property. Tenants want to move in their own belongings. Clean the property out.
Inspect the Home Carefully
Don’t advertise or show the property before you know that everything inside of it works the way it’s meant to. Do a thorough walk-through and inspection and test every system and function. Turn on the heat and the air conditioning. Run all of the water, including faucets, sinks, tubs, and showers. Flush every toilet. Test every outlet. Turn on the appliances. Look at the locks on all doors and windows. Open closets and drawers. Make a list of anything that needs to be repaired or replaced, and then get to work. You don’t want to show your property and make a promise that you’ll fix whatever’s broken. Tenants will not take your word for it.
Professionally Clean the Property
Your property has to be so clean it shines. When tenants begin to visit, you want it to be clean and bright and full of welcoming, crisp smells. Have a professional crew come in to scrub the home from top to bottom. Serious attention to detail is required. Scrub the baseboards and dust the ceiling fans. Find cleaners who are willing to pull the appliances out and dust and sweep behind them. You want tubs and sinks that sparkle.
Landscaping and Curb Appeal for Good First Impressions
First impressions are completely important when you’re renting out a property. Make sure you give prospective tenants a reason to be excited about seeing the inside of your property. You don’t have to completely upgrade your landscaping, but pay attention to the details that will capture the imagination of prospective tenants. You don’t want any debris or trash on the outside of the home. The paint should be in good shape and the windows should be clean. Sweep away any cobwebs or leaves from the front door. Make sure there’s adequate exterior lighting. If your property has a yard, make sure the lawn is mowed and the bushes are trimmed. Remove any weeds from the flower beds.
When all of this is done, your property is ready for the San Francisco rental market. If you have any questions or need any help, please contact us at Leading Properties.