How to be a Landlord in Portland: 5 Tips to Get your Home Rent Ready

Today, we are talking about how to get your home rent ready. If your home is prepared for the rental market, you will find a good tenant quicker. Here are five tips for getting to that point.

The first thing you need to know is that people are going to see your advertisements, decide they like your pictures and your descriptions and decide they want to take a drive by and see the property. So, curb appeal is the most important thing that will help you get people into your house to look at it. Make sure the first impression is positive. Mow the grass, rake and weed the yard and make sure there is fresh bark dust installed. Make sure the home’s exterior has a good, clean look to it.

When the exterior of your home has people excited to see the inside of it, you want to make sure your home’s interior presents well too. Make sure the whole house is professionally cleaned. The carpets should also be deeply cleaned and fresh. We have found that the cleaner the house is at the time of Landlord Portland Tips Home Rent Readymove in, the cleaner the house will be when your tenants move out.

Doing a lot of advertising is the key to having your house ready to rent. At Jim McNeeley Real Estate, we advertise our properties on over 100 different websites. People are on the Internet looking for houses to rent as well as houses to buy, so you want to get your rental property the exposure it needs on many different websites.

Before you have any tenants move into your home, you have to understand the landlord and tenant laws in Oregon. For example, if your property has an attached garage or gas heat, you are required to have a carbon monoxide detector within 15 feet of every bedroom in the home. In order to get your house rent ready you also need to have smoke detectors installed in every bedroom.

Find a property manager. A good property manager will take a look at your home and tell you what else needs to be done before you can put your home on the rental market. It is very important to have a professional property manager help you get and keep your investment property rented.

If you have any questions about getting your property rent ready, or you need some property management help, please contact us at Jim McNeeley Real Estate.


2 Responses to “How to be a Landlord in Portland: 5 Tips to Get your Home Rent Ready”

  1. Chris Hermanski August 25, 2014 9:26 am

    Getting the home as clean as possible from the exterior to interior correlates strongly to how fast your property gets rented out. Don’t go through it halfway and make sure that due diligence is done to make sure the property is clean or else months will be wasted and you are leaving a lot of money on the table. I’m glad you made these points. Check out my blog and let me know what you think


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