Preparing Your Home for a Tenant
Helpful Tips on Getting Your Home Ready For New Tenants
Prep for Listing and Photos
- Use incandescent light bulbs, all lights working and fixtures clean and bright
- De-clutter and de-personalize
- The cleaner the better
- Make any needed cosmetic repairs (can wait to do other repairs after you move out)
- Clean windows — sunshine makes all the difference!
Before a Tenant Moves In
- Deep clean the house (if not already complete) — the standard of clean YOU SET is the standard we hold the tenant to
- Have the carpets professionally cleaned — we require the tenant to do the same on move-out
- Inspect/clean any wood-burning fireplaces
- Clean gutters (tenants clean gutters after their move-in)
- Fresh caulk in all bathrooms, and kitchen if needed
- All toilets working well — replace flappers if needed
- Fresh furnace filter — leave a couple for the tenant — they are required to change
- Touch up or repaint as needed, make any needed repairs
- Fresh batteries in all smoke detectors
- All light bulbs working (can put those fluorescent ones back in now)
- Landlord Insurance (tenant must have renters insurance)
- Utilities stay in your name until lease start date — we will guide the tenant to transfer into their name
- Consider preparing a “Welcome to My Home” instruction sheet for the new tenant, with important information you want the tenant to know about the home, home care, and/or the neighborhood.
Please let us know what we can help you with — we can refer cleaning companies, contractors and handymen and we can arrange to have the work done after you move.
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