Is Your Property Rental Ready?

Have you decided to become a landlord and rent out your existing property, or invest in a rental property? Many owners are discovering the benefits of renting out a property – from covering your mortgage costs while you travel, to benefiting from additional tax breaks on top of the normal mortgage interest and tax deductions you receive as a homeowner.

But before you put the “For Rent” sign in the yard, there are things you should do to ensure your property is rent-ready. Taking a spin through this checklist will help ensure that you incur fewer calls from your tenants over the course of the rental lease.

Rental-Ready Checklist

  1. Appliances – If you’ve just purchased your rental property, there’s a good chance that it doesn’t include basic appliances like a refrigerator, washer or dryer. Buying new appliances will ensure that you can get full market rate for your rental. And, a local Orange County handyman can help with the installation of new appliances if needed.
  1. Window and Doors – Before posting your rental on Craigslist, it’s a good idea to take an inventory of all of the windows, doors and screens to make sure that they are in good working order. Screens or windows that have been cracked or damaged can lead to drafts that can hike up electricity bills. This can be especially costly if you’ve included the cost of utilities in with your rent price.
  1. Heating and Cooling Systems – Speaking of heating and cooling, have a handyman take a look at the furnace to make sure the heating and cooling systems in the home are working properly.
  1. Check the Plumbing – Nothing is worse than being woken up in the middle of the night because a toilet has backed up. Having the plumbing and fixtures in the bathroom checked by a competent handyman prior to listing a property is a good way to avoid those nightly wake-up calls.
  1. Have Extra Keys Made – No one likes to be locked out. Be sure to find a locksmith service that can make a few extra sets of keys for yourself and your tenants in the event a lockout occurs.
  1. Paint – Sure, painting a rental means that it will get wear and tear throughout the time it’s rented, but it also means the fresh walls will attract more tenants and possibly, garner a higher rental price.
  1. Handyman Services – Especially if you will be living in a different region than your rental is in, it’s important to have a handyman around that you trust to take care of any issues that may come up for your tenants.

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