These DIY tips can help you get your Miramar property rent ready, easily. Miramar landlords that find it difficult to rent out their property, look for professional help in finding tenants. More often than not, it is due to the property not being rent ready. If you too are looking for tenants for your rental property, the first step is to thoroughly assess it. Especially if it is an older house and in need of constant attention. Tenants prefer rent-ready properties, to avoid the hassles of inspections, cleaning, and repairs. So, that responsibility falls on the landlord. So, whether you have already found your dream tenant, or are still searching, these simple DIY tips can get your Miramar property rent-ready easily.
Understand Florida State And Local Rental Laws
Many landlords, especially first-timers often rush to rent out their vacant property, without doing their homework. Only to find out later, that it is not allowed in the community they live in, and face legal action and hefty fines to pay. If a homeowner’s association (HOA) regulates the property, you need to familiarize yourself with their rental rules. They can have restrictions on the types of rentals, or even disallow rents altogether. So, understand the rules first and foremost as a part of the DIY tips to get your Miramar property rent-ready.
DIY Tips For Cleaning Your Miramar Rental Property
This is the first step to take in getting your Miramar property rent-ready. Cleaning a property applies whether you are a first-time landlord, or in between rentals.
Take a good look around. Do the walls need a touch-up or a full painting? Look at the caulking around tubs, sinks, toilets, and window seals. And don’t forget to check the weather stripping. Also, if you notice issues with pests, a pest control service may be in order. The same applies to mold in a property, and a specialist may be required for particular stubborn mold problems.
Start by thoroughly dusting, sweeping, and swabbing the interior surfaces. Clean out the carpets and furniture if it is not too dirty. If you have appliances and furniture in your Miramar rental property, make sure to clean and polish them, removing old stains and grime. A pressure washer comes in handy for cleaning the exterior and restoring the appeal to your property. Most times, it makes sense to hire a cleaning agency that had the tools and expertise in handling deep-cleaning tasks, leaving you free to focus on the more important details.
Do not neglect the exterior of the home in this process. Make sure the gutters are cleaned out, and the lawn has been mowed and edged. Clear out any weeds and debris that may have accumulated over time. If you have shrubbery or trees that need attention, a good landscape service can tidy up the exterior for you. Finish off, by placing a few new planters in the right locations, to get your Miramar property rent-ready.
A fresh coat of paint works wonders in restoring the look of a rental property. Colors tend to fade over time when exposed to sunlight and the elements. And if your unit has not been re-painted for some time, a proper paint job is in order. However, applying fresh coats of paint over older coats does not always work, as the layers get thicker and start peeling off. This makes for a clumsy and unappealing finish, and tenants can quickly spot this.
If you believe, your Miramar rental property only requires a minimal paint job, you can just apply a fresh coat over the existing coat. However, older properties, usually require a more detailed approach. You may need to first scrape off the old paint and then fill up holes and patches, left behind, to get a smooth surface. The next step is to apply a coat of primer and prep the surface for the fresh coat. Take care to match the base of the paint (e.g., oil-based paint over oil-based paint), and select a durable finish for the exterior. Choose lighter shades for interior walls, to make the rooms look light and airy.
The matter of property repairs and maintenance comes with a lot of questions attached. But if in doubt, just ask yourself this simple question – Can you see yourself living in a property in dire need of repairs? And put yourself in the renter’s shoes! How can you expect tenants to live on the very same property?
To make your property rent-ready, you may need to perform much-needed repairs, you have been putting off till the next rental. Whether it’s a leaking roof, damaged window screens, broken floor tiling, or even just out-of-date shower heads, you need to repair or replace them, with quality fittings. Whatever needs attention – should be attended to, within a reasonable budget.
Make sure to test the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms, replacing their batteries if needed. Check if the locks work and clean out the window rails for smoother action. Check the HVAC system, and replace the filters. For particularly dirty HVAC systems, call in the experts for a full service. There’s a good chance you can’t manage all this alone, and feel free to call the property management experts, who do this for a living.
DIY Tips For Lighting And Appliances For Your Miramar Property
Once you are done with these tasks, start by checking every appliance for proper function. Turn on all burners to ensure they work, and check the refrigerator and freezer, not-forgetting the dishwasher, and laundry machine. Repair any leaks and malfunctions as these items need to be operable for the tenure of the lease. The same applies to “personal property” such as lawnmowers, and swimming pool equipment, if your property has a pool. Make an informed decision on what can be repaired and which items you need to replace for the length of your new resident’s tenancy.
Good lighting can make or break a rental deal in Miramar because a well-lit and stylish property gives a good vibe. But poor lighting and dimly lit spaces can easily have the opposite effect and turn away potential tenants. Just ask yourself, if you would like to live in a dark and dingy home. Hell, no.
These days, lighting is something you can manage easily yourself. Replace any flickering or burnt-out lightbulbs and consider modern LED lighting to save on electricity bills. Make sure all the light switches work as intended, and deliver the correct specified voltage to the power outlets. It is always a good idea to leave electrical checks and repairs to qualified electricians, who can make the necessary repairs as well. If needed replace jaded or outdated light fixtures and fans with inexpensive new ones to give your home a modern and updated look.
Many landlords overlook the fact that a well-lit home does not just require quality electrical lighting fixtures. In the Sunshine State, people love to complement it with natural lighting. Make sure to clean out window frames and polish the window panes to let that beautiful sunlight through. If windows are damaged or just too old, consider replacing them with new ones, to add a degree of renter appeal to your property. Place a lush indoor plant next to a sunny spot in your home for that extra effect! Finally, have a professional carpet cleaning service finish up the interior and mop up the floors with a pleasant-smelling floor-cleaning agent. This will go a long way in having your new renters treat the home with respect and want to keep it clean as well, saving you time and money in the long run.
How We Can Help.
The thing to bear in mind is that completing this process yourself can take anywhere from 8 hours to a couple of days (or even longer) depending on the condition of your house. However, using a professional manager can take considerably less time, but at a cost. Also, bear in mind, you will need to get references and certified vendors for all the different kinds of repairs. Plus ensure the vendors can complete the job in your time frame, and to the desired spec. This can come with additional costs and hassles if you are not mechanically minded, and have some experience of property repairs.
Instead of trying to manage all this by yourself, why not let Real Property Management Premier do it for you? We believe a little bit of maintenance goes a long way as an investment to avoid larger, long-term problems. Our property management professionals have the necessary knowledge and required experience. Look no further than Real Property Management Premier.
Contact us online or call 954-800-4433 and ask our property managers about our services in detail.
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