Preparing your Property for Rent
Ensure your property is thoroughly cleaned prior to showing prospective tenants through your home. Nothing discourages a potential tenant more than a dirty home - bathrooms and kitchens in particular.
Have carpets steam or dry cleaned. Tenants are required to have them professionally cleaned upon vacating the property. Also arrange for your annual pest control treatment if it is due.
Also be sure to give the exterior a clean & tidy - including removal of cobwebs, cleaning of window screens & dirty weatherboards, removal of any rubbish, clearing out of garages and sheds, emptying of rubbish bins etc.
It is also very important to ensure the garden is presented at its best. Including garden maintenance in the rental price is an option you may wish to consider.
Pay particular attention to:
- the pruning back any over hanging trees/vines;
- weeding of garden beds;
- mowing and edging of lawns; and
- removal of garden refuse.
Some general maintenance issues to consider:
- check if your property has operational smoke detectors;
- is the home fitted with a safety switch?
- replace tap washers if required;
- clean out spouting & guttering;
- are heating/cooling systems due for servicing?
- replace light globes where required;
- does your property have a pool? Do you have a Pool Compliancy Certificate?
- If you will be charging for water consumption, ensure your property meet WELS standards
4. Services & Utilities
Be sure to organise final readings for gas, telephone & electricity.
If you have a monitored alarm, do not forget to cancel or transfer tenant details if required.
Advise pool & garden maintenance contractors of our details or cancel services if not required.
Contact Australia Post to arrange a mail re-direction order.
Note: Please check with your Property Manager first as power should be left on for swimming pools, alarm systems, automatic sprinkler systems, remote control gates until the property is tenanted.
5. Insurance Cover
- Is your building & public liability insurance adequate?
- Do you have Landlords' Protection Insurance?
This can include cover for fixtures & fittings, malicious acts by tenants or visitors, loss of rental and additional legal liability.