How To Help Your Property Management Company
As a homeowner looking to rent out your property, you probably know how challenging and stressful it can be to juggle between maintaining the property and keeping your tenants satisfied. It, therefore, makes sense to hire a property manager who will handle these responsibilities for you.
Before handing over your property, there are various things you can do to make managing much easier for the property management company. Here are some of the best ways to help your property manager.
1. Make Sure Everything In the House Works
Before handing over your rental property to a property management company, make sure that everything in that house is in a good working order. Of course, you don’t have to fix everything as you would if you were putting it up for sale; just make sure that all the basic elements are in good condition.
For example, ensure that the light fixtures have been properly installed and that the light bulbs are working. Replace any broken light bulbs. Outside light bulbs need to be wiped-down as dirt and debris tend to make them dimmer.
Also, have the faucets and drainage pipes inspected for leaks. Any appliance that is broken or not in working condition needs to be repaired or replaced. It can be very frustrating and stressful for you or the property management company to receive a list of components that need to be repaired or replaced from the tenant.
2. Give Your Home a Good Cleaning
Nothing turns off a potential tenant more than a dirty rental property. While most will be fine with aged property and fixtures, the majority will avoid renting a place that looks dirty and smells unpleasant. It’s important that you leave it sparkling clean when moving out. If you don’t have the time to do the cleaning yourself, you can hire a professional cleaning service that will sweep, mop, scrub, and vacuum every inch so your property will be spotlessly clean and smell fresh.
3. Remove Your Personal Belongings
It’s often a common habit of property owners to leave hoards of personal stuff. Especially in the attics, garages, yards, and basement. When a new tenant moves in, they expect to find the property empty and clean. So, before turning over your property to the property management company, it’s important to remove all personal items. You will save both the tenant and the property management company the hassle and headache of dealing with your stuff. This will also help avoid conflicts in the event you decide to pick up the items, only to find out they have been moved.
4. Make Sure Your Property Is In Move-In Condition
The first important thing to do as a property owner is to hand over your rental to the management company in a move-in condition. By “move-in “condition, it means that you should only hand over the property if it’s empty, sparkling clean, and ready for the next tenant.
By doing so, both the property management company and the tenant will know that you expect the property to be properly maintained throughout the tenancy period.
If you hand over the property in a messy condition, it will give the impression that you don’t care and they’ll be less likely to focus on maintaining cleanliness as well.
5. Repair and Repaint Damaged Walls
No renter would want to move into a property with peeled paint on the walls, walls that are old and dirty, or walls with odd paint colors. Considering that the walls impact the whole look of the home, it’s important to make sure they are in the best condition before renting out. If the walls are in good condition but are dirty, have them cleaned by professional cleaners. If they look old and worn out, have them repainted.
Remember that when the property is in good condition, your property value will most likely go up.
6. Make Sure the Utilities are Intact
Basic utilities such as heaters, sinks, light bulbs, water, electricity, air conditioners, and any other utility should be turned on before leaving. When inspecting the property, a potential renter will most likely check whether these utilities are in working order. By doing so, you will be saving the property management company the headache of inspecting everything to ensure its working prior to the tenant’s move in.
7. Provide As Much Information As Possible
It’s important to provide as many details about your property as possible. This will help avoid unnecessary phone calls from the property management company. It will also save you the time and the hassle of traveling just to show them where some components are located. This includes showing them where the water shut-off is located, the main electricity switch, septic tanks, and other details.
8. Get Your Documents In Order
Before handing over your property to the management company, they will require you to fill out and return the necessary forms and documents. Without these documents, no agreement will be signed. So to ensure a smooth process, be sure to fill out these forms and documents.
9. Contact information
Since you will still be in regular contact with the management company, it’s important that you leave them with your contact information. This includes your working phone number, current address, and email address. This will make it easy for the management company to contact you in case of anything.
10. Provide Copies of Your HOA Rules and Requirements
It’s also very important to provide the property management company with copies of your Home Owners Association (HOA) rules and requirements which they will pass on to the tenants. Should they break any of these rules while in possession of these copies, then they will be held
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