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Clearwater Rental Property Preparation

Property Manager Standing Behind a Real Property Management "For Rent" SignAre you planning to prepare a Clearwater, FL rental property for new residents?  This process is commonly called “make-ready”, and includes many issues new “do-it-yourself” landlords do not think of.

Start with the Interior

  • Do you have the correct number of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in the proper place for your home? Do you know the codes/requirements in Clearwater?
  • Have you had the air conditioner serviced in the past 12 months? How about the air filters? Have you changed them recently?
  • What about batteries in the smoke and CO2 detectors and garage door openers?
  • Have you registered your home as a rental through the Clearwater or Pinellas County area?

Once you have answered these questions it is time to get to work on the rest of your Clearwater rental property preparation.

First take a good look around. Do the walls need 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. Ensure you also check for termites and other pests native to Florida. A pest control service and an annual termite inspection may be in order.

Now that this is complete, check the appliances for proper function. Look at the stove and oven make sure all the burners work, inspect the refrigerator and freezer, dishwasher, and all faucets. Repair any leaks and malfunctions as these items will need to be operable and in good working condition after you rent your home.

Remember, all appliances and “personal property” such as washers and dryers, lawnmowers, etc., are all in good working condition.  Make a commitment before leaving anything in your rental property, that you plan to keep it in good repair for the length of your new resident’s tenancy.

Next, replace any burnt out light bulbs and have the home professionally cleaned. Once these items are complete, have a professional carpet cleaning service finish up the interior. This will go a long way in having your new renters in Clearwater FL treat the home with respect. Our experience shows they will want to keep it clean as well, saving you time and money in the long run.

Time to Check the Exterior

You may be thinking to yourself, whew… glad I am done…right? Not quite. Do not neglect the exterior of the home in this process. Make sure the gutters are cleaned out, the lawn has been mowed and edged, and the weeds and any debris have been removed. If you have shrubbery or trees that need attention, a good landscape service can tidy up the exterior for you. Preparation is the key to securing good tenants!

In Conclusion

Completing this process, yourself can take anywhere from 6-20 hours depending on the condition of your house. Using professional services will take less time, but require a cost.  Also, you need to be careful to check references and ensure the vendors can complete the job to meet your schedule. Whichever way you choose to go, making sure that your home is truly “rent ready” will save you time, money, and headaches in the future.

Would you like to learn more about our  Clearwater property management services? Please contact us online or call us at 727-400-4722 for further information.

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