Although we may all wish that our reliable and easy-to-please tenants would stick around forever, odds are good that as a landlord a large portion of what will keep you busy is handling the turnover of tenants. When your tenant packs their final box and heads out, what exactly should you do? With your goal in mind of renting out the property again to another qualified tenant, the following must know tips will help you when a tenant moves out of your property.
Complete A Condition Report
One of the most important items on this list, and the task you should undertake as quickly as possible, is completing a condition report. This report is a checklist that you and your tenant should have completed during move-in, and should now be completed full cycle at move-out. When your tenants move in, you should do a walkthrough of the property in which the condition of each room and item on the checklist is inspected. A good condition report should include some of the following items:
- Light fixtures
Once your tenants have moved out, you want to immediately complete this inspection again. This allows you to compare and contrast the condition of the property when the tenant moved in against the condition of the property at the time of their departure. This will ensure you catch any major repairs right away and will allow you to determine what portion of the deposit they will be allowed to have back. If you feel uncertain about how to build a useful condition report, check out the tools Happy Co has for condition reports.
Get The Property Ready For New Tenants
Even if you had excellent tenants who left the property in outstanding condition, you should take a little time to make sure the property is truly ready for new tenants. This is the best time to perform ongoing maintenance tasks like changing out HVAC filters, having the HVAC system tuned up, scheduling water heater maintenance, and more. When you prepare everything ahead of time, the walkthrough process with the new tenants will be smooth and you won’t come across any unexpected damages.
Update Your Photos
Once you have repaired and spruced up the property, take the opportunity to update your photos of the property. With everything clean, repaired, and ready-to-go, you’ll have a great chance to showcase the specifics of the rental. High quality property photos will make your listing stand out and help you fill the vacancy quickly.
Get Your Listing Ready
If you haven’t had the property on the market in a while, it might be worth updating your listing. Make sure everything accurately reflects the current condition of the property. You also may want to highlight different features depending on the time of year you are putting the property up for rent. For example, if you have a beautiful fireplace in the home and winter is right around the corner, you might want to add a little more flair to your information about the cozy fireplace. If it has been awhile since your rental was on the market, you may need to update your listing.
Make Sure You List The Property Online
Once you have completed the above steps, make sure you are listing your property across the web. Almost everyone looks for rental properties online nowadays, and the more places you can get your property listed the better chance you have of finding the perfect new tenant to fill the vacancy. The great news is that advertising your rental property online doesn’t have to cost you a cent. With the free landlord software available from TurboTenant, you can actually market your property for free, have applicants apply online, and screen potential tenants at zero cost to you. With these tips in mind and the power of an easy-to-use online software, you can quickly turn around your rental property once tenants have left. TurboTenant is revolutionizing the rental process by providing savvy landlords with cutting-edge technology that’s intuitive, powerful, fast and free. Through one-click online rental marketing, fully integrated tenant screening, customizable property websites and online rent payments, TurboTenant is changing the way landlords manage property.
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TurboTenant is revolutionizing the rental process by providing savvy landlords with cutting-edge technology that’s intuitive, powerful, fast and free. Through one-click online rental marketing, fully integrated tenant screening, customizable property websites and online rent payments, TurboTenant is changing the way landlords manage property. Sign up for TurboTenant today and see how our free landlord software will simplify your life.
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