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Tips for Adding Curb Appeal to Your Rental

Your rental property could be in the perfect neighborhood, priced just right and even boast some of the best amenities once inside, but could still sit vacant for too long for one very important reason – lack of curb appeal.

Put yourself in the mindset of a potential tenant for a moment or even a real estate agent working to find the right place for their client. What are they seeing as they drive by your property? Even the nicest neighborhoods cannot make up for a house that is lacking in looks from the outside.

Fortunately, there a few relatively easy things you can do to spruce up the look of your rental property and give it a bit more curb appeal. Here are just a few suggestions:

  1. Landscaping

The landscape of a home speaks volumes about how well it is taken care of. If a prospective tenant pulls up to see your property and is greeted with a less than desirable front yard landscaping, it can be an instant turn-off. Be sure to pick up an loose trash and debris that may be found in the yard. Keep the lawn mowed, the trees trimmed and some fresh flowers planted.

  1. Clean Up Walkways

Make sure your walkways are clear of debris and dirt when you are expecting someone to come by for a look at your rental property. You may even want to rent or borrow a pressure washer to remove stains from the walkway. Stone or brick-lined walkways should be well maintained and cared for. These small details can make a big difference.

  1. Matching Trim

Your home will look much more inviting and well cared for when the color of the outdoor trim, windows and doors match. This gives a more uniform look and is much more appealing than trim and windows that are several different colors.

  1. Properly Working Lighting

Every once in a while, your potential tenant won’t be able to make it to see your property until after the sun goes down. In that situation, you will want to make sure that all outdoor lights are working well. Dim, flickering or burned out lights can have a negative impact on the look of your home.

  1. Fresh Paint

This isn’t necessarily the simplest or cheapest fix, but it can be well worth it. A fresh coat of paint can completely transform the look and feel of your property. You can attempt to do this on your own, or turn to a professional to make sure it’s done right.

RPM East Valley has been successfully managing properties in the Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Scottsdale and surrounding areas for many years now and we are always willing to share best practices. Please give us a call if you have any questions at 480-719-1243.

How to Prepare for Your Tenant’s Exit

As the end of the lease agreement you have with your current tenant begins to approach, it is important to know what things to be prepared for to make the transition as smooth as possible. The last thing you want to do is wait until the last minute to make these preparations as you may be caught off guard and run into problems.

One of the main issues property owners run into when it comes to the end of a lease is getting the tenants out on time. Whether you have new tenants expecting to move in right away or if you need time to do maintenance and repairs before your next lease begins, you need to have the current tenants out at the specified time. This is not always easy to do.

Some tenants will try staying a day or 2 longer as they finish moving out. Others will decide it’s okay to go ahead and vacate early without paying what they owe. Here are a few things you can do to ensure the lease ends smoothly and on time:

Require a 30-Day Notice

In the original lease agreement, make it a requirement that your tenants give you a 30-day written notice stating their intent to vacate the residence. This should be a requirement regardless of whether the lease states a specific move out date or not. By requiring this written notice, you are accomplishing 2 things. First, you’re covering yourself should the tenant try to leave early or try to stay longer. Secondly, the notice serves as a reminder to the tenant of when they need to be out.

Open Communication

One important thing you can do to make sure everything goes as planned at the end of a lease is to stay in good communication with your tenant. This can be done face-to-face or written. You might start as early as 90 days from the end of the lease. Have a brief conversation with the tenant or send them an email or letter reminding them of the terms of the lease and the move out date. Tell them it’s just a courtesy reminder so they know how to plan for the next 90 days.

5-Day Eviction Notice

As the last day of the lease approaches, move forward with a 5-day eviction notice to be served on the last day of the lease. This may seem a bit strong and overbearing, but it can actually make a huge difference for you as the property owner. If your tenants are still in the home after the last day of the lease, you may find yourself in a predicament. It can be tougher than you think to get them out and it typically takes quite a bit of time. Having the 5-day eviction notice ready can greatly cut down the amount of time it takes to have tenants forcibly removed if that’s what it comes down to.

Hopefully, things will go as they should when the lease ends and you won’t need to take any further action. But it never hurts to be prepared. For more information about lease agreements and services, give RPM East Valley a call at 480-719-1243.

Preparing for a Successful Walkthrough

When you are preparing your rental property for a walkthrough by a potential tenant, there are a few key things to focus in on that will make a huge difference. Start by putting yourself in the tenant’s shoes. Concentrate on seeing things as they would. Many property owners get stuck on the things they believe are most important, failing to understand what may matter most to a tenant.

Here we provide a few tips on what you can to prepare for a successful walkthrough.

Make sure everything is neat and tidy

This may be a “no-brainer,” but it is sometimes surprising to realize that there are property owners that look over simple tasks that make a difference. Carpets, for example, should be at least vacuumed so they have that fresh and tidy look. You don’t always have to have new or expensive carpet to impress a potential renter – just make sure they look good.

Cleaning fingerprints off windows and dusting are also easily overlooked, but can definitely influence a renter’s decision. Of course, clean kitchens and bathrooms are a must.

Consider window coverings

When someone walks through a home that they are thinking about renting and see outdated or no window coverings, they are most likely chalking that up in the “Con” section of their list. To a renter, window coverings are an extra expense that they may not have to worry about at a different property.

It is worth it to have neutral, solid looking window coverings for your rental property. The good news is, you can buy window coverings that will do the trick for not too much money and they will be worth the investment.

Give them time on their own.

There is some value in walking through at least part of the house with the potential renter to point out extras and answer any questions. In a way, you do want to have an opportunity to sell your prospective tenant a little bit. However, it is also a good idea to let them walk around on their own without feeling like you are breathing down their neck.

Take the example of a husband and wife doing a walkthrough together. They may have different ideas on whether or not your property would work for them, but are hesitant to discuss them in front of you. Allow them some time to sell themselves on the home by talking it over when you’re not there.

Depending on how recently someone else has occupied the home or if there is still furniture present, there are other important things to consider and plan for when it comes to a successful walkthrough. Feel free to call RPM East Valley for more advice or to ask questions about walkthroughs. We have helped hundreds of property owners successfully lease their homes in the past and feel confident we can help you too. Call us at 480-719-1243.