Before you put your property on the rental market, it’s important to prepare your Portland home for renting out. Whether you’re new to investment properties or you found yourself with a home that you inherited, there are several steps to take before you put a tenant in place and start collecting rent.
First impressions are important, so you want to make sure the house looks appealing when a prospective tenant arrives to see it. Curb appeal includes a lawn that’s mowed, bushes that are trimmed and attractive landscaping. Make the property look like a place that tenants would really like to call home.
Inside the house, everything should be as clean as it can be. There should not be any clutter taking up space on the counters or in the closets. When you’re showing your property, it has to look its best. Make sure tenants are getting the best possible look at the property when they come to see it. If someone is currently living in the home, make sure the beds are made and the groceries are put away.
Touch up any paint and have the carpet professionally cleaned. All of your walls should look clean and fresh and the fixtures should be functional and attractive. If the floors are not new, they should at least be clean and free of scratches or marks. It’s not necessary to install stainless steel appliances, but the things you have should be clean and they must work. Property condition is just as important as price to many tenants, so make sure everything is fixed and ready to use before you start showing the property.
Depending on the age of your property, there might be a furnace or a hot water heater that needs attention. Have those systems inspected and if necessary, replaced. You don’t want expensive repair calls early in a tenancy. Have your home completely inspected so you can take care of these maintenance concerns before you put it on the rental market.
Contact Mainlander Property Management if you have any questions about what you need to do to get your property ready for the Portland rental market.