Getting a house ready to rent is a major project for landlords. There are two answers to getting a property ready for the market. Either you can do everything yourself, and we can give you a list of items to take care of; or, you can let us and our team of professionals do everything for you.

DIY: Getting a Property Rent Ready

If you decide to do it yourself, you have to have the time and resources available to make sure everything gets done correctly and in a timely manner. We frequently see landlords try to do everything themselves, but they fail to realize how much time is involved. If you’re working 50 to 80 hours a week, the time you have available to spend at the rental property to get it ready is not very much. A project could be knocked out in a few days when professionals are working on it full time, but it might take you three weeks to five months.

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The main thing you need to do is make sure everything is professionally cleaned and in working order. All the appliances must be inspected, cleaned, and if necessary – repaired. Check the heating, air conditioning, plumbing, garage doors, windows, and all the appliances. These things don’t have to be brand new, but they need to work. If you have a stove from the 1970s that is still working, you can leave it. But, if you have a stove that’s only a few years old but only three burners work, you need to replace the stove – even though it’s new. You’ll have issues renting the property to good tenants if an appliance doesn’t work. Look for safety items a well. There may be a fence that is failing or electric wires that need to be tucked away.

For more information and our detailed list of how to get a property ready, please contact us at Five Star Property Management. We’d be happy to provide additional resources for successful Burlingame property management.