Do you own a rental property and feel like you’re always busy trying to find suitable tenants?
If so, it can be difficult to keep up with the move in checklist for new tenants while still managing all the other duties of maintaining that rental property.
When you’re preparing for a new tenant to move in, a property manager can be a tremendous help with this whole process.
Your Move In Checklist is Essential
Moving is stressful – for both you and your new tenant. And there’s a lot to think about.
Having a checklist will alleviate some of this stress. Plus, you’ll be able to assess the condition of your property before the tenants occupy it so that there are no disputes later.
But if your life is already full, then this is where a property manager can help. He or she can:
1. Ensure Plumbing, Gas and Electric Are Working
It is crucial that all utilities are in operation before your new tenant moves in. And this is the case regardless of whether you will be paying for them, or the tenant will.
Have your property manager check to be sure there are no clogs or leaks in the plumbing, all the electrical outlets are operating and that heat reaches every room. Utilities are not luxuries – they are necessities.
2. Provide the New Tenant with Important Contact Information
Your new tenant needs to have all of the important contact information BEFORE they move into your property. A property manager can be clear with your tenants about whom they should contact with questions about the property or any maintenance issues (i.e. which utilities to contact, etc).
There’s some basic psychology here. You’re letting them know they are accountable for reaching out for help if there is a question or problem.
Your property manager can email this information to the new tenants, as well as print it out for them to post somewhere in the unit.
3. Cover Specific Tenant Requests or Conditions
If there are specific situations where a tenant may have a request or special requirement, you’ll need to know this BEFORE move-in day.
Get your new tenant to set up any of these requests in writing with the property manager so you everyone is in agreement. Particularly in situations where there are special needs that must be accommodated – such as a support animal for a blind person, for example.
4. Provide Everything Needed for Access to Property
In all the hustle and bustle of moving one tenant out and bring a new one it, it can be easy to forget the little things.
Of course, you’re pretty unlikely to forget the key. But what about an access code to the laundry room or front gate? How about a garage opener?
Your property manager can take care of providing all the keys, codes and openers so you don’t have to think about it.
You Are Ready to Rent!
Owning a rental property can be a great investment. But it can also be a lot of work.
As you transition from one tenant to the next, keep things running smoothly by having a property manager help out with the move in checklist. You’ll see a huge return on investment.
If you’re looking for property management experts, feel free to contact us. We’ll help you simplify.