Prepping Your Home to Rent

If you have chosen to put your property up for rent, there are a few things you can do to make your house more appealing and protect your investment.


  • The first thing you'll want to do is make sure everything is in good working order. As a landlord, you are required to provide your tenants with the basic essentials (such as electricity, fresh water, and heat) while they are living under your roof. You will want to inspect your electrical, plumbing, and heating & cooling systems. If they are not properly taken care of, it could cause more problems down the road.

  • Then you will want to decide which appliances to provide with your rental. The basics that we require are a stove and refrigerator. If you have a built-in dishwasher or microwave, that's great too. Providing a washer and dryer is a personal preference. It is a great bonus and could be appealing to renters who do not already have a set. But it is also an additional liability that you will have to repair if something goes wrong. 

  • Make sure that all repairs are complete before showing the home. You want to present it in its best light. Sagging gutters, overgrown landscaping, peeling paint and outdated flooring will not appeal to most tenants. You may have difficulty receiving a constant flow of income from your house if it doesn't meet the standards of other rental properties in your neighborhood. You'll attract a better class of tenants and earn more money every month.

  • If the place you are going to rent out is your current residence, you need to depersonalize the home and get to packing. Pack away photos, unique knick knacks, and anything that distracts from the actual structure of the home. Paint all walls a neutral color - grey is what is popular right now. 

  • Make the house visually appealing. Clean it thoroughly, including normally closed areas such as closets or cabinets. Clean or replace stained or moldy carpets. Remove any debris in and around the house. Refinish wood floors if they appear worn or scratched. Mow the yard and trim hedges.

  • Whether you do it or your PM does, you will need to have smoke detectors installed on every floor of your home. It would be smart to provide a fire extinguisher as well. 

For more tips on how to prep your home, or for help getting it prepped, contact us today!