While we have already written about how to move a tenant out, moving a tenant in can be completely different. Especially if the property has been vacant for quite some time, there are some things you want to check on before your new tenant moves in. Having a clean, well-groomed property can give your tenants a good start to your renting relationship.
- While this should be a no-brainer, take your time deep-cleaning the property before you move your new tenants in. Hire a professional cleaner if you feel you won’t be able to do all you can, or if you don’t have the time. Make sure the floors are polished, carpet is shampooed, appliances are scrubbed clean, and vents have been wiped down. Don’t just focus on the things on the surface – really do your best at getting everything within reach.
- Get health and safety inspections done. If you have had to do any major remodeling or fixing before the new tenant moves in, it’s a good idea to get your property inspected to ensure it is perfectly safe to live in. Check on smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they in working condition. You could have certain laws governing how often the property is inspected, so be sure to ask your local officials.
- Go back over your lease agreement. If anything has been changed or if you wish to update anything within your lease, now is the time to do it! You don’t want to bring your tenant in to sign the lease and realize that it still mentions a chimney that you’ve gotten rid of 5 years ago.
- Prepare new keys, codes, etc. As a property owner, you want to provide a safe and secure environment for your tenants. As new tenants, you want to know that your landlord cares about your safety and is willing to switch locks on the property, so you know other previous tenants can’t get in.
Having a routine move-in checklist is important to your credibility as a property owner. If you have an established way of handling new tenants, there’s less of a chance for something to go wrong. If you’d like for a professional, credible, and experienced property management company that has a systemized way of moving tenants in and out of properties, contact C.A.B. Group!