As a responsible landlord, your tenants look to you to provide a rental property that is clean and safe to live in. The lease agreement between you and potential renters is you affirming that you will not only provide shelter, but that you’ll do so in a way that is attentive, equitable and responsive. Your responsibilities as a property owner aren’t contingent on whether you have occupants. Here are some things to see to when you’re in between leases.
Providing a Deep Clean
Your tenants will expect to move into an apartment or house that has been thoroughly cleaned. Through regular use of your home, dirt and other buildup will accumulate, even if your tenant cleans on a regular basis. Spend a little money to have a professional provider give your unit a deep clean. These professionals will focus their attention beyond surface-level cleansing, making your space feel brand new. A well-cleaned place speaks to your commitment to provide great care to your tenants.
Providing Pest Control
Renters don’t want to live in a place that is infested with bugs or other rodents. Both you and occupants share a responsibility to practice habits that help keep the property from being overrun with pests. When you’re between tenants, you have a great opportunity to hire a provider of pest control services, including gas-tight tent fumigation. The property will be free of occupants and items for an ideal approach.
An empty unit also gives you an opportunity to make upgrades. This could be something as simple as replacing incandescent bulbs with low-heat, energy-efficient LED options, or something more complex like replacing an old HVAC system. Look for making changes that can result in utility savings and improved livability for your tenants such as installing smart thermostats that help regulate the effort of your heating and cooling.
Being a great landlord means tending to your property needs whether it’s occupied or not. Your tenants expect you to be attentive in exchange for paying rent on time. A proactive approach which is preferred, means addressing unit issues between leases.