Checklist When Moving Out Of Your Rental Home

by Administrator 25. January 2018 07:45

Moving out of a rental house entails certain responsibilities and rights. As a responsible tenant, you should leave the property in best condition possible for the next tenant. You should also avail your right to get back the initial deposit paid to the property owner. Here is a concise checklist to help you stay on top of the game when moving out of a rental accommodation:

• Gather Your Documents - The first thing you should do when you are considering to move out of a rental accommodation is to gather all necessary documents such as tenancy agreement, move-in inventory report, receipts of your rental payments, receipts of repairs and maintenance that you paid for etc. Review these documents and cancel any active subscriptions and services.

• Notice - Every lease agreement contains a clause regarding giving a notice to the property owner before moving out. Take a look at your lease and make sure you give a written notice to the property owner at the right time which is usually 30 days prior to moving out.

• Clear All Your Dues - Re-check your obligations towards the property owner and clear dues if any. This could be in the form of pending rent or maintenance fee.

• Clean-Up - Clean up the house to a point of perfection. Ensure that you do not leave traces of trash or a nasty mess. It is a good idea to hire a cleaning expert for the job. Remove cobwebs, vacuum window treatments, clean the floor, re-paint faded wooden items, get rid of scrapes and scratches on walls, paint them if necessary, wash the insides of kitchen and bathroom cabinets etc.

• Final Inspection - When you are done prepping the house for moving out, schedule a pre-move out inspection with the property owner. Refer to the inspection checklist you received at the time of moving in. Get a copy of the final inspection for yourself.  Leave the keys at management office and don’t forget to get a receipt for same.

• Winding Up - On the moving day, take the readings of gas, electricity and water meters. Photograph them for proof of final readings. Shut gas and water valves, appliances and also the main power switch. Ensure that all the doors and windows are locked. Photograph questionable areas to have proof of their condition when moving out.

• Written Notice - When you are done with all the formalities related to moving out, send a written notice to your property owner requesting for a return of your initial deposit.

• Change Your Address - Intimate your property owner about your new address as that’s the address on which you will receive your security deposit. Get it changed with the post office and other institutions.
We, at John Reider Properties offer residential properties on rent to our clients. For more information, visit 455 E. Central Texas Expwy, Suite 101, Harker Heights, TX 76548 or call at (254) 699 – 8300.

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Renting To Pet Owners? Here Is A Checklist

by Administrator 18. July 2017 06:16

Landlords need to ask a lot of questions before allowing renting their property pet owners. These questions help in assessing the obligation of a resident towards providing optimum pet care. It is also essential to meet the pet and keenly observe his behavior for a better idea. Always draft a pet application form and mention all the pet rules associated with your rental unit in this document.

Below is a checklist that can help in determining a responsible pet giver:

GENERAL QUESTIONS:

Q: How many pets do you have? : Ask about the types of pets and the number of pets. Also, you need to know if the pet is a licensed one, in case it is mandatory under the law of your state.
Q: Is your pet spayed? : It is important that the pet is neutered and also completely free from any kinds of fleas or ticks. Proper vaccination is also a must along with a reference letter from the veterinary doctor.
Q: Can you provide a reference letter? : Ask the pet owner for a reference letter from the current landlord. This will help you identify if the pet has caused any issues while residing in the property previously.
Q: Have there been any complaints? : Ask the pet owner if any complaints have ever been registered against his pet. Also, confirm if the pet suffers from any medical or behavioral problems.
Q: Has your pet ever damaged a property? : Inquire if the pet has caused any damage to the previous rental units. If yes, then how did the pet owner fix or pay for the damages.

QUESTIONS FOR DOG OWNERS:

Q: Is your dog formally trained? : Professionally trained dogs are least likely to cause any disturbance in the house or neighborhood. Also, ask if the dog has ever bitten any human being or animal under any circumstances.
Q: Has your dog ever created too much noise? : Inquire about the noise complaints regarding the pet owner’s dog. Also, you need to know about the tendency of the dog to bark. While some dogs stop barking on command, others don’t and this is an important factor to consider.
Q: Does your dog wear an identification tag? : The pet owner must ensure that his dog wears a completely filled identification tag all the time. If not, you can ask him to do so before renting your property.

QUESTIONS FOR CAT OWNERS:

Q: How will you deal with the noisy behavior of your cat? : Certain cats can indulge in excessive meowing or yowling and this can disturb the neighborhood. Ask the cat owner as to how he plans to deal with such kind of behavior, in case the situation arises.
Q: Is your cat litter trained? : The cat should be litter-trained and there should be a permanent litter box kept by the cat owner at a specific place all the time. Ask the pet owner where he plans to keep the litter box and how often does he intend to clean it.

We, at John Reider Properties, can assist you in renting out your home in Killeen, TX. Call us at (254) 699 – 8300 for details.

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Baby-Proofing Your Rental Home

by Administrator 17. May 2017 19:43

When you live in a rental home, making any changes in the interior décor can be limited; until and unless your landlord allows you to do so. If you have small kids, you need to baby-proof your home so that it is completely safe and sound.

Here are certain tips that can help you to baby-proof your rental home:

  • Look for a safe property: First things first. You should always look for a rental property that seems to be safe for your kids. You can directly talk to the landlord regarding any safety concerns that you might have. While checking out the rental home, look for features such as a safe staircase, secure window coverings, smoke detectors and the lead-free paint used inside and outside the property.
  • Secure your furniture: Place your furniture items such as television, chests, drawers and heavy appliances to the wall so that they don’t get imbalanced and fall down cause harm to your little one. Some of the furniture items can be easily drilled into the wall too. However, you need to take prior permission from your landlord in case your lease does not allow any such provision.
  • Have child-proof locks: You can add child-proof locks to the doors, bathroom and windows in your rental property. They will not damage the rental property and also provide enhanced safety for your baby.
  • Install a baby gate: There are many areas in your home that require a baby gate so that your toddler remains safe. For instance, you can have a pressure-mounted gate that has discs which screw out to balance the gate against the wall. However, if you have a staircase in your rental property, a hard-mounted gate is the best option. This type of gate actually screws into the wall and cannot be pushed through.
  • Prevent access to the cabinets: Always ensure that the breakable items and heavy things are kept in the upper cabinet shelves. This makes them inaccessible for little kids. Invest in magnetic locks and adhesive strips for cupboards that are easily accessible. They don’t require screws for installation and can be easily utilized in your rental property.
  • Pay attention to common areas: When you have a baby at home, you not only have to ensure safety inside the home but also pay attention to common areas. For instance, look for potential hazards in playgrounds, pools and parking lots. Playgrounds must have a protective covering on the ground other than grass. Also, pools must have four-sided fencing for optimum safety of kids.

For rental homes in Killeen, TX, contact us at John Reider properties. Our real estate agents can be reached at (254) 699 – 8300.

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