Tips To Prepare A House For Renting

by Administrator 18. February 2015 07:59

As the rental market is very competitive you will have to put in extra time and effort to ensure a hassle free tenancy. To attract potential tenants you need to prepare your house for renting by following certain tips.
Increase the curb appeal

The exteriors of your house are equally important as its interiors. If the exterior does not attract the tenants they may not be interested in looking inside. You should put in some efforts to increase the curb appeal by manicuring the lawn, removing all the debris and weeds, and prune the shrubs and trees to offer a clean look. You can also plant some flowers and repaint the walls to give a fresh look. You must also make sure that the porch is well lit and there are no broken light fixtures.

De-clutter the house

You should make sure that your house is clean and well organized before showing it to the tenant. You can re-arrange the furniture, paint the walls, vacuum the carpets, and clean the upholstery, curtains and the floors. There should be sufficient sunlight and ventilation through the house to give it a warm and comfortable feel. By using proper lighting, you can brighten up the hallways and highlight certain architectural features of the house.

Clean the kitchen and bathroom

Kitchen is the most important place in the house, so it is crucial that it is clean. Similarly, bathrooms start showing signs of degeneration due to the high level of moisture. You can also consider hiring a professional to thoroughly clean the kitchen and bathroom. You can clean the kitchen cabinets and countertops, mop the floor and ensure that all the appliances are clean and working. You should also make sure that the bathroom tiles, floor and fixtures are, clean and hygienic. You can also consider changing some of the bathroom and kitchen accessories to give a fresh new look.

Enhance your positives to beat the competition

It is crucial that you know what your competitor is offering. If a tenant is getting a relatively new property with additional features such as a patio, a garage or a newly renovated kitchen at a lower rent than yours then you will have to make certain changes to match the competition. Therefore, make sure that you have the appropriate information about the competitive market and the rates. You should also highlight the positive points that make your property unique and desirable.

For more tips, contact the real estate agents at John Reider Properties. We are located at 455 E. Central Texas Expwy, Suite 101, Harker Heights, TX 76548. You can also call us at (254) 699 - 8300.

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Tips For Choosing The Right Rental Home In Killeen, TX

by Administrator 4. February 2015 08:42

When you look for a rental home, it is crucial to visit properties and find one that best suits your needs. Shifting to a rental property is a tough decision that requires a lot of time and patience.  As it is expensive to move homes frequently you should try and find the perfect rental home.

Here are some features that you need to consider while looking for the right rental home.

  • While choosing a rental house, your security and safety should be your prime concern. You should make sure that the doors have secure locks and there are proper security arrangements.
  • The house should have a flawless construction and a well-maintained lawn or yard. A well-kept house means less repairs and maintenance issues during the tenancy.
  • You should also ensure that the driveway is well lit and all the electrical fixtures are in working condition.
  • Water should drain away from the building
  • If you need parking, then ensure that the home that you are considering should have a proper parking place
  • There should be enough rooms to cater to the needs of your family
  • Make sure that all the rooms are airy, well lit and comfortable
  • The home should have sufficient storage space so that you can easily store your things and keep your home organized
  • The layout of the rooms should be comfortable and functional
  • Your furniture should be suitable to the size of the house
  • Ensure that all kitchen and other appliances work properly and bring any discrepancy to the landlords attention immediately
  • Check the windows, doors, ceiling and walls for any breakages or damages
  • The heater should be clean and cost effective
  • Check the other facilities such as dishwasher, disposal air conditioning and balcony that are provided in the rental home

Along with these factors, you also need to consider the location of the rental home and the facilities available in the community. Depending upon your needs, the home’s proximity to a school, university, shopping complex, your workplace, and train station or bus station can help you make the right decision. It is crucial that you make a list of amenities that are essential to you and make sure they are available before you fill out the application form. You should also make sure that you provide correct information so that the landlord can successfully perform verification and background checks. You should read the lease agreement carefully so that you can avoid any problems at a later stage.

We, at John Reider Properties, provide extensive MLS listing of rental homes available for rent in Killeen, TX. For more informtaion, call us at (254) 699 - 8300 or visit 455 E. Central Texas Expwy, Suite 101, Harker Heights, TX 76548.

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