If you are currently between tenants, this is the perfect time to perform any necessary maintenance on your rental property. When your last tenants were in the process of moving, they were probably more concerned with their future home than leaving the rental in perfect shape. On the other hand, your new tenants will be expecting their new home to be in good condition. This is where you come in as a landlord. If you’re wondering where to get started, here are a few steps you should take to maintain your property when you’re between tenants.
1. Inspect the Property
Once your last tenants have left the building, you’ll need to perform a careful inspection. You should do this as soon as possible; you never know what maintenance issues may come up, and it’s best to have plenty of time on your hands between tenants. Set aside a whole day (or two) to examine the property room by room. If you can, schedule a cleaning immediately. No matter what other repairs need doing, that will be an absolute must.
2. Make a Thorough List
As you inspect the property, make a list of everything that needs to be done. Here are a few tasks you should consider when performing maintenance between tenants:
- Check the faucets in the kitchen and bathroom. Are they leaky? You’ll also want to take a look at the pipes and the toilet tank. Make sure everything is running properly. More than likely, if you need a repair you’ll want to hire experienced plumbers rather than relying on your own abilities.
- If there is any carpet in the rental property, check for stains and odors. If the problem isn’t fixable, you will have to replace the carpet. For any tile, consider a deep clean and closely inspect the grout. If the property has hardwood, you may want to polish the floors to make them look as good as new.
- Is there anything you need to spackle? What about a new paint job? Your new tenants will notice any peeling or marks. If there is a lot of wear and tear on the walls, you’ll want to re-paint everything to keep things uniform. Before you start, though, make sure to buy a satin paint that is easy to clean.
- Finally, you’ll want to jot down any exterior issues. Is the doorbell working? Is the property’s address number clearly visible? What about the landscaping? Does anything need to be trimmed, mowed or mulched?
3. Take Note of Your Time Window
Finally, you’ll want to make sure of how much time you have between tenants. This is especially important because you want to have enough time to look over your finances. Before you make any repairs, you need to know you can afford them. Ultimately, it will be worth the cost in the long run (if your tenants are happy, they’ll be more likely to stay). Then, once as you determine what repairs you’re going to do, you’ll need to schedule them out in time. If you only have a short window available, every day counts. When move-in day comes around, everything should be done. Otherwise, your new tenants may worry about what they’re walking into.
How All County Denver Metro Can Help
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