FOR OWNERS……………..HOW TO IMPRESS A TENANT AT FIRST GLANCE
First impressions are lasting ones, and that goes for rental homes as well as people. You want to present the best possible product to a prospective tenant so that they immediately feel welcomed and at home in the house. And if you take the time to pour over the little things and perfect the presentation, you might even be able to nab a renter on his or her first viewing of the property.
Landscape and Beautify
The front yard is the very first thing a potential tenant will see so it should be dressed to impress. Make sure the lawn is cut and the bushes trimmed. Additionally, plant or restore a flower bed or two. Use bark chips or pine straw around the mailbox and/or trees to give the yard some dimension. Don’t forget about the backyard either. It, too, will need to be landscaped.
Freshen and Revamp
Make the house look and feel new for the renter by giving it a deep and thorough cleaning (sparkling is the goal), having the carpet professionally cleaned and adding a fresh coat of paint. Also, check the appliances, gutters, siding, roof, windows and doors to make sure all are clean and in perfect working order.
Make the House Feel Like Home
Even if the property is currently unoccupied, add some small touches to make it feel homey. Mark the house with a nice and matching mailbox. Add a wreath or door mat to the front entrance. Leave a vase of fresh flowers on the counter.