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Hatch Pro Tip of the Month: Preparing your Home for a Tenant

As a property investor, getting a perfect tenant in place is the ideal situation! Here are some tips on things you can do as the owner to prep your investment to attract the best renters!

– Curb Appeal! It’s the first thing a renter will see when they pull up to your property. This can make or break a potential tenant from wanting to see the inside. It is imperative that you keep up with your lawn until your new tenant moves in! At that point, you can negotiate who will maintain the outside of the property while the tenant is in place.

– Safety First! Did you know that smoke detectors have an expiration date just like food? Smoke detectors lose sensitivity over time and the average detector is only built to last 8-10 years. As a rule of thumb, you should press the test button on all detectors in your house each month, and change the batteries every year (even if it’s not beeping). When you install a new detector ALWAYS write the date you installed it in permanent marker on the back side (facing the ceiling) so it can be replaced at least every 10 years.

– Cleanliness: the White Glove Test! Nothing is more pleasing to a potential tenant than walking into a home that has been professionally cleaned. Floors, walls, counter-tops, cabinets (inside and out), bathroom, appliances (washer/dryer too), closets, balconies, and even garages if you have one. No one wants to move into a home that they then have to clean themselves before they can actually feel at home. They want that white glove test experience… where if they were wearing white gloves they can touch anywhere in the home and not have a smudge of dirt get on them. It’s a relatively small investment to take the time to do this between renters, but well worth it in the long run to find that ideal tenant!

Coming up on our next month’s blog… Think of the 5 Senses! Sight, Smell, Sound, Touch, and Taste. What on earth could we be talking about?!? We’ll let you think on that one for a bit. Stay tuned…

Posted by: hatchpm on August 10, 2018
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