Hi, I’m Faye with Residential Property Management in Portland. We’re frequently asked by property owners who are considering renting their home a simple question: “what do I need to do to make my home ready for the rental market”. A professional property manager should be willing and able to help you answer that question. With technology today and the capability of showing almost unlimited photos of the inside and outside of the home via mobile websites and the internet, it is possible to take a tour of a rental property without leaving your current home, and many prospective renters do. You want your rental property to show as well as it can on the internet first, so a prospective renter will want to visit the property. With online applications to rent, and a very strong rental market, we’re seeing a significant increase in properties being applied for from just the marketing photos, with a walkthrough visit to the property scheduled as soon as the prospective renter is available.
To make your home show as well as it can, “neat, tidy, and clean” will always rent faster. We suggest fairly neutral colored interior paint where ever it might be needed, and a deep professional cleaning, including the floors and carpets. Outside, trimmed shrubs and a weeded and nicely mowed yard will help as well. If there are items that are not in good repair, they need to be repaired so they look and work correctly.
Smoke alarms with hush features need to be located in every sleeping area and the room adjacent to every sleeping area, in the basement and in habitable attics. If a home has a carbon monoxide source, meaning any gas appliance, wood burning fireplace, or attached garage, a carbon monoxide alarm is required within 15’ of any sleeping area. When the time comes to actually rent your property, you will want to verify the smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm requirements at that time, as laws change frequently. If you have any questions about the above or your particular property, please feel free to contact us at Residential Property Management.