This Video Will Give You Some Great Tips On How To Rent Your House Fast
Hey everyone! Spencer Sutton here with gkhouses, and today I want to walk through some tips and tricks on how to rent your house fast.
I will break this into two lists.
One list is going to be some things that you control. The other list is things that you may not be able to control. Things can pop up all the time and it is smart to be prepared for anything!
So, here we go.
Here are some things that are going to help you rent your home faster or maybe even for some more money.
Things You Can Control
Typically the first thing people see is the outside of your house. Whether they pull up a picture on the internet or drive by the actual property. Landscaping can make or break the way people view your property.
So the landscaping is really important. In the summer this means cutting the grass regularly. In the winter months it entails keeping the yard clear of leaves, etc.
It’s also good to plant flowers if you can.
These flowers should be native to the area so that a prospective tenant doesn’t think that they are going to have to keep up some tropical plants or anything like that.
The easier to keep up with the better!
Pick Up Trash
If you have trash outside of your house, pick it up. I know that sounds strange, but debris in the yard or front porch can make a house look messy.
This is all about first impressions.
Ground covering is great. What we mean by ground cover is spreading mulch or pine straw. This keeps weeds down to a minimum, and it is easy to take care of. When tenants see ground cover they understand that they won’t have to do a ton of yard work.
Because in a typical lease, especially in our lease, the tenants are responsible for that lawn care.
One other thing I would say which could add a nice touch is just to hang an American flag.
You know, that always shows your patriotism, and people will tend to respond positively to that.
Now moving inside the house. Most of these are very obvious, but based on my experience with owners, it is not something they always think about.
I want you to consider how you would want to move into a house. Say you bought or are renting a brand new house for your family. How would you want the house to look and feel upon your arrival?
You want a clean coat of paint on the walls. Walls get scuffed up a lot because of all the moving that takes place in rentals. A fresh coat of paint can go a long way in hiding scuff marks.
A fresh coat of paint if you need it would be hugely beneficial.
Also along with that, clean carpets are very important. If you need to replace the carpet, you can do that.
It just depends on how long you have had your carpet. Clean carpets make a huge impression.
And then also, you want to think about your appliances.
The tenants are typically expecting to come in and find a refrigerator, stove, and a built-in microwave.
A washer and dryer are not really expected from tenants. Typically they will bring their own.
You don’t want them to be old leftovers. It’s better to throw those out, take them with you, and then buy some new ones for your rental property.
Bathroom fixtures, and other lighting fixtures, say a lot about how old the house is, and when it was last updated. New, modern fixtures show the tenant you care about making sure the property is not outdated.
If your house was built in the ’80s or early ’90s and you have the same fixtures that you did in the ’80s, you probably want to upgrade.
And then the last thing I would say is just make sure to have it professionally cleaned before you start showing the property.
First impressions are important, and the goal is to get as many people as possible to see the house, and then you are going to start taking applications.
These are some of the things that we do when we first come visit a house. If you were to call us and we came out to your house, walk the property, these are some of the items that we are going to look at.
We have a whole list of items to check on. Make sure things are working properly, and that the property looks presentable.
The things listed above are all things you can control, now let’s talk about things that you may not expect to happen.
So now let’s look at the other side. So there are some things that you don’t really have any control over. These might keep your property from renting quickly.
For example, I was at a house not long ago, I had been talking to the owner, and he was wondering, “Hey, why aren’t we getting more activity?”
I hadn’t been to this house until he called, so I drove out there, and as I was driving through the neighborhood, I understood a little bit of the difficulty.
The neighborhood scene where his property was located was not great. There was a lot of trash on the streets, some loitering, things like that.
It didn’t seem like a very friendly and receptive neighborhood from that standpoint.
That is always going to be a little bit of a red flag to prospective tenants as they pull up.
Tenants want a warm and fuzzy feeling and with this atmosphere, they won’t get that.
This is something beyond your control.
Steep Driveways and Funky Layout
This may sound strange, but steep driveways can keep people from renting your house. An odd layout can have the same effect.
Your home will still rent, but it will just take longer then you may expect.
This explains why these national home builders, these multi-million-dollar home builders essentially have the same floor-plan for all their homes.
So if your house has a funky layout, you may love it, but that doesn’t mean a tenant or a prospective tenant is going to love it.
Busy Street and Train Tracks
A busy street is obviously going to take away from a prospective tenant’s desire to rent, especially if they have small children.
If you live near train tracks or near power lines they may keep your house from renting very quickly.
Again, you don’t really have any kind of control over those. Because of this, focus on what you do have control over, these things that I mentioned.
I hope this helps you think about some things and will help you rent your house quickly.
Whether you do it yourself or whether you choose gkhouses to help find a great tenant for your home.
Thanks so much.