Landlords, Listen Up: The Definitive Checklist for Refreshing Your Property
No matter how wonderful your tenants are, there'll always be a little clean-up work to do after a lease agreement ends. That's totally expected, and a normal part of operating as a landlord. However, in the (hopefully brief!) period between tenants, you should also take the opportunity to refresh and take stock of your property. Not only will this start you off on the right foot with your upcoming tenants, but it will also keep the place in good condition. This means fewer massive renovations, cheaper upkeep and less of a drain on your time. Sound good? Here's the checklist you're going to want to start with.
Professional Carpet Cleaning
This one is a no-brainer. Having the carpets throughout the entire property deep cleaned will make it look like a completely different space. It may even prolong the life of your carpet in the long run, preventing years of dirt and debris from being permanently crushed into the base fibres of the carpet. It'll take a little while to dry, but the entire property will look and smell good as new. This is especially important if you allow pets on your property, as it will clear out any remaining dander, hair or unwanted stains that could bother future tenants - both furry and human.
People sometimes joke about landlords drenching their entire property with whitewash between tenants, but there may be some method to that madness. No, you shouldn't whitewash every surface, and your property will be far less appealing if you do. However, just refreshing the paint on your doors, borders and windowsills can make a huge difference. If you use gloss paint, this will look especially bright and shiny - but even matte paint can give you that just-decorated look for less. You could do this yourself or hire a professional painter; their expertise will likely get the job done much quicker.
Does your property come furnished? If so, this may be a good time to assess the quality of your upholstery and other fabrics across the place. Replacing the sofa entirely is expensive, but you can also revamp it with a new set of cushions. If your curtains or blinds are light-damaged, then replacing them will immediately update the room. If you're feeling especially thrifty, then keep, launder and dye the old fabrics as needed, and these can be cycled back into the property for your next tenants.
Of course, every property is different, and there may be other items on your checklist too, but this is a solid starting point. With carpets looking and feeling like new, decorated with shiny sills and bright cushions, your property will be filled with new tenants in no time. Look into carpet cleaning today.