No more property management headaches.

We Manage your Property
while you manage your life.

Pay Online ►
Antioch925.706.9000
Brentwood925.308.7311
Toll Free800.887.3532

Property Management Blog

How to Prepare Your Home for Rent – Brentwood Property Management Advice

System - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The subject of how to prepare your home for rent has really changed over the last couple of years, due to the drought and the impact it has had on us over time. I used to enjoy driving down a street and pointing out the houses I managed and comparing those properties to the ones that were managed by someone else. We had great lawns with beautiful curb appeal. The other properties had dead lawns and weeds. But with the drought, we do business differently. We keep the lawns mowed and weeded and as green as we can get them.


Evaluate Your Property

The first thing we suggest is that you get in your car and drive across the street. Look at your house and decide what you like and what you don’t like. If you don’t like something about the property, prospective tenants probably won’t like it either, so change it. Always look for oil in the driveways, gutters that are dropping down, windows that are cracked and poor window coverings. Change those things because they don’t look good and they won’t get you the most rent.

Clean and Appealing Interiors

Take a look at the house on the inside. Would you want to live there? I periodically check my competition to see what they are renting their houses for. I am usually looking for the amount of money they are charging and the condition of the property. I’m always appalled at people who will rent out properties with cockroaches in it, carpets that are threadbare and walls that need paint. If that’s what your property looks like, you’re not going to get a high quality tenant. Clean it up, paint it and put new carpets in.

Preventative Maintenance

How to Prepare Your Home for Rent – Brentwood Property Management AdviceTake a look at things like smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Know the laws and comply with them. When you go to a house and there’s a carbon monoxide detector on a high ceiling, that’s something to be concerned about. If you’re sleeping on a bed and it takes time for the carbon monoxide to rise, by the time the alarm goes off, the people living in the house will have expired. Know what you need and get it corrected.

These are some of the things you need to do to get your property ready for the rental market. If you have any questions, please contact us at Select 1 Realty.


Select 1 Realty

1500 A Street, Antioch, CA 94509
Antioch 925.706.9000
Brentwood 925.308.7311
Fax: 925.706.7735
Toll Free: 800.887.3532
Email: info@select1realty.com
BRE #00791162
Copyright © Select 1 Realty
All Rights Reserved.

Property Management Website
powered by FreeRentalSite.com
Tenant Screening provided by RentScreener
Sitemap  |   Fair Housing