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What is Rent Ready? Property Management Advice

Wayne Hartigan - Tuesday, November 8, 2016

A property is ready for the rental market when it is clean, repaired, inspected and appealing to potential tenants. There are several things that need to be done in order to get your rental property into this rent ready condition.

Professional Cleaning

First, your home must be professionally cleaned. There are several items that are commonly missed by landlords when they’re trying to get the place ready for the market, like ceiling fans, light fixtures, vents and baseboards. Make sure those places are cleaned as well. Have the carpets professionally shampooed. This sets a standard for your tenants and you will expect clean carpets at the end of the tenancy as well.

Turn On Utilities

Have the utilities on before the tenant moves in. This will allow you to inspect the property and also ensure that the tenants will have no trouble moving into the home. Once their lease begins, they can have those utilities switched into their own name.

Repairs and Maintenance

All the necessary repairs and updates must be completed prior to a tenant moving in to the property. You don’t want to have to make these repairs while the tenant is living there. Check light bulbs to make sure they’re working and replace any that aren’t. This allows you to provide a functional and habitable home to the tenant. At the end of the lease, if those lights are not working, you can replace the light bulbs with the security deposit. Fresh paint is always a good idea. You don’t want any scruffs, scratches and holes in the walls before a tenant moves in.

Compliance Issues

For the home to be rentable, you need to make sure all the compliance issues are met and satisfied. Different places have their own rules, especially pertaining to things like smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure you know the rules and follow them. If you have any questions about how to get your home rent ready, please  contact us at

Wayne Hartigan
Arrow Management Company

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