Ensuring Your Property is Ready for Tenants

Jun 16th 2012

Tenants come and go. Before a new tenant can move in, the property must be ready. If a long-term tenant has just moved out, preparing the property for a new tenant can prove to be a significant project. Below are some basic tips to help you prioritize projects and get the place ready as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Safety First

Making sure your property is safe is the number one priority. Not only do you have a moral and ethical responsibility to ensure the safety of your tenants, you’ll also be held legally responsible should any avoidable accidents occur. First, you want to check the properties’ security systems. Make sure the locks have been changed to all doors and the garage. If there’s a security system, make sure the codes have been changed. Next, make a thorough inspection of the property. Have a licensed electrician inspect the wiring. Have a plumber inspect the plumbing. Don’t overlook the little things. Even a quarter of a nail sticking out of a windowpane can cause an accident.

Keys to Cleanliness

Second to safety is cleanliness. The list below will give you a jumping-off point to get you started.

• Fix any holes in the walls.
• Hire a pest company for regular treatments.
• Bring on a professional cleaning company to full-steam and vacuum the carpets.
• Clean the vents and change all air filters.
• Make sure there are no cobwebs on the ceiling, around the windows, or on ceiling fans.
• Inspect ceiling fans and make sure they’re working.
• Clean windows with glass cleaner.

If you’re the do-it-yourself type, most of the cleaning can be done on your own. But if you’re like most property owners, you’re probably busy. For a small investment, you can save yourself time on cleaning by hiring a professional company.

Going the Extra Mile

For your property to stand out from the rest, there’s a few things you can do. First impressions are everything, and that’s why landscaping is so valuable. At the very least, make sure the grass is cut. If you want to go the extra mile, contact a landscaping company and ask them for suggestions on how to improve the exterior appearance of your property. You’d be surprised at the transformation a little landscaping and hardscaping (retaining walls, patios, etc.) can achieve.

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Property owners have a lot on their hands, and New Vistas Corporation can help shoulder some of the burdens. We provide property asset management, new development construction, and real estate brokerage services to New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. For more information on what we can do for you, please visit our homepage.

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