The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and that sweet spring smell is in the air. It must be time for peak leasing season — and people are looking to move!
Are you ready to take advantage of this increase in demand? Here are five ways to ensure your rental property is at its best and ready to be leased this season:
- Inspect your appliances before a new renter moves in
The key to maintaining your business and a happy renter is properly maintaining your rental. This includes inspecting your appliances, including your HVAC, electrical, plumbing, gutters, and more prior to your new tenant’s move in. Routinely testing your appliances helps them live longer and leads to a better experience for your renter.
- Perform routine maintenance
The fixing-up doesn’t stop at just inspecting your appliances. Service the septic system and inspect and clean your chimney and fireplaces. Regular maintenance helps prevent renter turnover and enhances your relationship with your tenant in the long run. Plus, you’ll catch minor problems before they turn into major ones, protecting your bottom line.
- Inspect your exteriors
Inspection includes the exteriors of your property as well! Walk around the exterior of the property to look for any winter-related damage. Check the roof, driveway, and lawn for any rotting or cracks. Also remember to check your outdoor faucets; if there’s any frozen water, you’ll want to get that fixed ASAP, to ensure your property is ready to attract the absolute best renters.
- Ask the right questions on your renter application
Find a renter that stands out from the crowd by asking the right questions on your application to ensure your tenant will continue to make your rental property successful and profitable. Beyond asking for their personal information, such as name, birthday, and contact information, you’ll want to gather their employment history and monthly income information, as well as rental history. Asking for references is also a great way to find a great tenant, as well as asking about past evictions and criminal history. If you’re concerned about pets or smoking in your property, you may also want to gather that information from the get-go.
- Leverage an all-in-one online leasing system
Save yourself time, money, and stress by leveraging an all-in-one online property management such as Apartment.com’s online rental manager. List your property, receive applications and screen applicants, and generate a lease all from the comfort of your own home! Plus, once your new renter moves in, you can use the same system to collect payments, organize your tenant information, organize expenses, and track maintenance requests. Plus, should you overlook a maintenance problem from earlier in our checklist, Apartments.com can help you track requests for .
With the most renters on the web, Apartments.com has successfully helped get over 40 million leases signed by happy renters nationwide, and yours could be next. Listing your rental is fast, easy, and free.
Whether you’re leasing your property for the first time, or a seasoned landlord, it’s never too early to start preparing your peak leasing season checklist. Get started today