To most rental property owners, stand protocol is to show up the property at the scheduled time with no preparation. We would love to share with you some helpful tips to make showing a property telling of your professionalism, preparedness, and showing the property in the best “light.” In this article, we will cover the steps to effectively and safely show your rental home.
First of all think of your safety in meeting one on one with another person at a property. Let a friend or family know your schedule. The process is really no different from taking a hike somewhere in that you never know what may happen when you are outside your home; remember you are meeting strangers at the property. Be Safe and be aware.
Next, arriving at your property is so important, make it a standard policy to arrive at least 15 minutes before your appointment time as this will give you the opportunity to quickly pick up stray rubbish that may have blown in, check the mailbox, and maybe even pull that pesky weed by the front door. Once inside, you can open the blinds and most importantly but often over looked set the thermostat to a comfortable temperature so as to make your potential renters as comfortable as possible. These small touch ups only take a few minutes, but can make a significant difference in the prospective tenants’ first impression. In showing a property our renters are going to be aware and notice all the details and considerations in making the property look and feel the best it can.
Once your prospective renters arrive, greet them at the front porch and show them into the home. For safety purposes, let them enter first and always keep yourself closest to the exits while showing the home. Here is the point where you have the opportunity to express all the great features of your property and sell it to them; the lights, floors, updates. Let new prospective renters know which appliances are staying with the home, as well as other items that they may need to know, such as parking or common interest community restrictions. Also let them know about the closest public transportation, shopping, and other points of interest in relation to the home.
The best advise in showing a property is to not hover – let them tour the home and give them room to discuss features and room to imagine themselves living in the space. The more references you can make that will help them feel comfortable and like they have arrived in a place to call home the better.
Once showing a property is complete, ask them if they would like continue to the next step and fill out an application to lease. Be careful not to make comments that may lead renters to believe they have already qualified for the home as you never know what the approval process will uncover. However, set a tone of urgency with prospective renters with regard to the application, because this business moves fast and you want to get the property filled as soon as possible – let them know you have other appointments and will be processing applications on a first come, first serve basis. Also provide them with a timeline for your decision.
A properly and well thought out agenda for showing a property can make sure you are safe and not rushed for this important step in renting your investment property.
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