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How to Prepare a Rental Property for a New Tenant 

So, your new tenant is about to move in soon. To facilitate your new occupant’s relocation and help them feel at home, ensure the property is ready for them.  

Here is a brief checklist of items you should address to prepare the rental property for new tenants.

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Clean the Property

Before a new tenant moves in, you want to do a deep clean of the property. Start by cleaning the key areas of the unit, such as the toilet, the stove, the tub, and the refrigerator. Focus on the areas we often overlook when doing housework, such as HVAC vents, windows, fan blades, etc. If you are not sure where to start, consider hiring a professional cleaner to help you.

Pay special attention to the carpets. Apart from removing stains and odors, carpet cleaning will also eliminate dust mites, pet dander, pollutants, and other allergens. If a new tenant is allergic to cats and the previous renter had a pet, thorough cleaning should be your top priority. 

Sure, do not neglect the importance of the home’s exterior. Do some yard work to make the outdoor space more inviting for new tenants.

Look for the Potential Health and Safety Issues

As a rental property manager or landlord, you are responsible for the maintenance of the property. Therefore, before a new renter arrives, you need to look for potential health and safety issues. 

Start by identifying the property damages, such as broken windows, roof damages, a hole in the wall, etc. 

Make sure you repair any safety issues, such as faulty smoke detectors or broken alarm systems.

Finally, look for potential damages that may cause health problems. If there are any toxins, pesticides, gases, mites, and molds, make sure they are removed on time.

Look for any Plumbing and Electrical Issues

Ensure that all utilities are operational. For starters, make sure that the air conditioning and heating systems are in perfect working order. If you detect any problems, schedule air-conditioner repair before the tenant moves in. 

Next, assess the home’s plumbing system. Are there any clogs or leaks? Damp can cause numerous construction and health problems, so make sure you get rid of it on time.

Finally, check the outlets and overhead lights in every room. If the home requires any electrical work, make sure it is taken care of before the renter arrives.

Those are just the basic issues you should consider to help the tenant guide a healthy life.

Change Locks

Once a previous tenant moves out, have your locks changed on all doors. That involves your front door, back door, and garage door. 

If the home has digital locks, make sure you change the password. 

That way, you protect the safety of your new renter and property. 

Make a Move-In Checklist

Before a tenant moves in, make sure you draft a move-in checklist. It should explain the condition of the home. The checklist should document the state of each room in detail. 

That way, you can detect any damage that goes beyond the normal wear and tear. It helps you hold irresponsible renters accountable for the damage that occurred during their tenancy. That facilitates your communication and mitigates the risk of disputes related to the return of the security deposit.

In your lease agreement, explain what the tenant is responsible for to keep the home in good condition. You can even hire a real estate agent or lawyer to help you draft the document. Most importantly, have the future tenant review the move-in checklist and sign it. 

Review the Tenant’s Specific Requirements

Does the future tenant have any specific requests? Make sure you read through their list so you can meet their requirements. For example, they may want to have the home painted a specific color. 

Maybe the tenant has a disability that requires you to rearrange the furniture or prepare the space for their service animal. As a landlord, you are responsible for taking the appropriate steps to accommodate the renter.

Over to You

Preparing a rental property for a new tenant can be time-consuming and frustrating. However, it is an essential step to get off on the right foot. To get the most out of the process, talk to the tenant about their needs and requests and make sure you meet them. Most importantly, drive a detailed lease agreement.

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Author: Eve Anderson is a marketing specialist turned blogger. Interested in sports and exciting travel destinations. Love to share content that can inform people.