It is always exciting to bring a new tenant to your property, both for you and them. To ensure that the move-in process is smooth for all parties involved, it is critical to properly prepare the space before your tenants are on site.
It is essential to make sure your tenant’s living space is clean and tidy upon move-in, as their first impression will set the tone for your entire working relationship with them. Oftentimes, previous tenants may not have done a spectacular job with keeping the place clean, so a professional cleaning service is recommended.
In the kitchen, make sure to clean behind and under the stove and refrigerator. Make sure that any food is cleared out to prevent mold and pests, and check that the insides and outsides of all appliances are spotless. In the bathroom, make sure to scrub all around and inside the toilet, tub, shower, sink, and everything else. If the place has carpeting, hire a professional to freshen them up to remove any stains or odors.
Safety always comes first, and tenancy is no exception. Make sure that your property is safe and up to code before your tenants arrive. In some cases, a professional third-party inspection may be required. If you have any violations, further work may be required.
Safety checks can range widely in terms of complexity. Sometimes, a smoke detector might need a simple replacement. Other times, there may be an issue with the structural foundation of the building.
And of course, make sure that all locks are changed when tenants move in or out. The only ones who should have access to the property are you and your tenants.
Moving into a property with a broken appliance is frustrating and inconvenient, and much like a dirty space, it leaves a salty first impression for the tenant. Inspect every appliance is functioning as intended. This includes, but is not limited to, the stove, fridge, microwave, toilet, shower, dishwasher, faucet, and thermostat.
If repairs or replacements are required, take care of them before the move-in date. Prior to or upon move-in, make sure that your tenant knows how to use each appliance, especially if any of them are unique or difficult to use.
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