If your property is vacant and you want to get it rented quickly, there are a number of things to consider that can help you get a tenant fast.
The most important thing you can do to get your home rented quickly is to make sure it presents well. Just like with the sales process, you need to do all the basic things to ensure your house is appealing. This means creating good curb appeal, maintaining the lawn and cleaning up the yard.
We are finding that tenants today want modern amenities and improvements. Most property managers will take care of these things for you. When your rental property is vacant, it’s an excellent time to re-do the bathroom or upgrade the kitchen. Many of these improvements can be done for reasonable prices and they result in a whole new look for your property. For example, if you have tile that’s in good condition but looks a little worn, we have refinishing people who can make it look like an entirely new surface for just a couple hundred dollars.
If you’re still having a difficult time getting your property rented, pay attention to your advertising. You need to market your property on all the good websites and it’s important to work with a company that dominates that space. This is a time consuming process. It means daily posts on Craigslist and continual updates. Excellent advertising is a sure way to drive traffic to your listing.
Allowing pets, especially in a college town, will open your property up to a larger pool of renters. It’s always a good idea to screen the pet the same way you would screen a tenant. If you are renting to someone who is outside of the area, it’s smart to ask for a video of the dog and to always check out prior landlord references. Sometimes, we get requests for multiple dogs; people will want to move in with two or three animals. We don’t recommend allowing that, but welcoming one dog into your property will help you get it rented quickly and it will also get you a premium on your rent.
These are just a few tips to getting your vacant property rented faster. If you’d like to hear more, please contact us at Zabace Property Management.