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How to Rent Your Orlando Home Faster | Property Management Advice

Yarmmys Vargas is back to talk with us about how to put your house up for rent and what you can do to ensure it gets rented faster to a great tenant.

Things to Know About Renting Your House: Marketing

We always try to rent a property within 30 days. That’s our guarantee, because the longer it sits on the market, the more questions tenants will have about why. If there’s no activity, we check the marketing pictures to make sure it’s showing at its best. When we’re taking marketing photos, we love morning and afternoon sunlight. You want as much natural light as possible. We like to set up marketing pictures to flow, so you know what you’re looking at as if you’re entering the home. It gives tenants the opportunity to see how it would be to truly live in the space. Include photos of the living room, the kitchen, and the master bedroom closet.

Things to Know About Renting Your House: Showings

Availability is also important when you want to rent your property fast. Make sure the prospective tenants have ample opportunity to see the property. If it’s tenant-occupied, that can be difficult because you’re working around your tenant’s schedule. You want to be respectful of their time and privacy. When the property is vacant, you want to be sure the listing has updated information so prospective tenants can make an appointment to see it and get information about the lockbox.

Things to Know About Renting Your House: Pricing

Sometimes, the price is too high. We always do a market analysis, but owners get to dictate what they want to rent it for. They might want the extra $100 or $200 a month, and we’ll do that, but it might take longer to rent. After about two weeks, we’ll know how many people have called, viewed the property, and even how many clicks there were on the website. If there’s no action, we know it has to be because of the price. Our goal is to find a qualified tenant quickly, and sometimes a price reduction will help.

If you have any questions about how to rent your home, or anything pertaining to Orlando property management, please contact us at All County Property Management.

Preparing to Move Out of a Rental Home

If the time comes for you to vacate a rental home, prepare to do it the right way.
Consult your lease agreement first to see what your landlord expects. Then follow the steps below
to make sure you return your rental to the condition as close as possible to the way you found it originally.

Giving notice

Check your lease to see how your landlord would like you to give notice. It is often a requirement to put your
intentions in writing, as well as speak to your landlord in person or on the phone. On your written notice, be
sure to include the date you’ll be leaving and a forwarding address. You’ll need to arrange to return keys to your
landlord at the appropriate time.

Cleaning up your space

Though it may feel overwhelming — especially if you’re doing it on your own — cleaning your rental home can
best be done systematically, one step at a time.

The kitchen:

o The oven – Depending on how often you cleaned it, if at all, this can be the hardest of your
move-out chores. Use oven cleaner, following directions carefully. Use surface cleaner on
the stove, paying special attention to burners.
o The refrigerator – Wash bins with hot, soapy water. Use vinegar or a surface cleaner on shelves and doors.
o Shelves and pantry – Remove all food and wash or remove shelf paper.
o Floor – Sweep and mop.

The bathroom:

o Wash tile and tub with an appropriate cleaner or a combination of baking soda and vinegar.
o Wipe counters and cabinets with a surface cleaner. Scrub sink with scouring powder or baking soda and vinegar.
o Clean toilet bowl with an appropriate cleanser, and brush and wipe down the outside surfaces.
o Sweep and mop floor.

All rooms:

o Remove all nails, tacks and hooks from walls and doors. Spackle any holes.
o Remove stains from carpet with spot-cleaner or a rented steam cleaner.
Vacuum all floors, and mop tile or linoleum.
o Clear closets, cupboards and drawers, and wipe down surfaces.
o Wipe blinds or shades.
o Wipe down ceiling fans.

Hiring a cleaning service

When you’ve taken a look at the list above, you may decide it’s worth it to hire a cleaning service.
The cost for professional help likely will not exceed what you would get back in a deposit. It may be
worth the money to end your stay on glowing terms with your landlord — without having to lift a finger!
(You may need a referral, after all.)

Shutting off utilities

Set a cut-off date for the utilities so that you don’t end up paying for the next resident’s power or cable.
You might want to set the shut-off for the day after your move, just in case.
Preparing to move out of a rental house can be daunting. Follow the steps above and you’ll soon be
on your way to your next home, knowing you’ve left everything behind in good order. Keep in mind that
doing this successfully should help you get most, if not all, of your security deposit back.
The effort is definitely worthwhile!

Take Steps to Safeguard Your Rental Property from Theft

We could all stand to feel a little safer when leaving our homes each day for work or play, right?
Thankfully, there are some simple steps you can take to make sure your rental home isn’t a prime
target for thieves. How many of these tips do you have in place?

Lock up

As silly as it sounds, many crimes are those of opportunity: if a door or window is left unlocked, a
thief who’s passing by will grab anything available. Depending on where you live, you might be in the
habit of leaving a backdoor unlocked while you go in and out of the yard. Or maybe you forget to relock
the front door after carrying groceries in.
Make it a habit to at least twist the thumb lock every time you come into the house, and you’re less likely to
leave it open to crooks. Plus, an unlocked side or back door can easily be forgotten when you leave the house or go to bed.
Survey the locks on your door and windows. You should have at least a deadbolt on every exterior door, in
addition to the thumb lock. Also be sure that all of your windows have secure locks. If not, you might ask your
landlord to install additional locks, where necessary.

Put it away

The more stuff you allow to collect around your house, the greater the invitation for robbers to come up
to see what you’ve got. The more enticement they have to get close to your house, the greater the likelihood
they’ll find a way inside, in addition to taking anything resalable they see outside.
Keep all lawn tools, bicycles and gardening materials stowed away in a locked shed or garage. Similarly, keep
all valuables stowed away inside your house. Computers, pads, cameras and other electronics left in plain sight
can easily inspire a thief to break in and grab them.
It’s a good idea to avoid traditional hiding places for jewelry and money like the freezer or in between mattresses.
Find a unique place for your irreplaceables — one that would take a crook more time to find than he or she is willing to spend.
‘Nothing to see here, folks’ is the best approach to keep your house low-profile for criminals.

Look lived-in

You’ve heard it before: the more newspapers that pile up in front of your home, the more it looks like no one
is ever there. The same is true for an unkempt yard, dark rooms and a generally neglected air. If you come home
from work late or are going out of town, get a timer for your lights, so that a few come on while you’re away. Also
consider leaving a television or radio on while you’re out.
And of course, have someone pick up your newspapers and get your mail while you’re out of town.

Install a security system

If your rental home has a security system, consider getting an active account immediately. If your home isn’t
currently wired for an alarm system, talk to your landlord about the possibility of having one installed. The benefits
for the property owner live on after you leave, enticing security-conscious prospective residents who are looking for
an alarm system as desirable amenity.

There are a number of simple, low-cost ways to make your house unappealing to thieves. Take a stroll around
your rental home now, pretending you’re a prowler, and see what security lapses you can take care of right away!

Rental Home for the Holidays: How to Prep Your Place for the Season

Once the candle on the last jack-o-lantern goes out, it’s officially The Holiday Season. Are you ready?

We have tips for how to prep your rental home for guests and make your home a favorite spot
for family and friends to gather over the holiday season.

Cold-weather cleaning

Spring isn’t the only time to give your place a thorough scrub. Before you play host or hostess for
holiday gatherings, you’ll want your home to shine as brightly as the season’s lights. Wash windows to
let in as much sunshine as possible, mop floors, and dust your home from top to bottom. If necessary,
this is also a good time to steam-clean carpets, making floors a welcoming spot to play games and exchange gifts.
Don’t forget to make your kitchen shine, too, in preparation for all those wonderful holiday treats and meals.

Preparing for guests

It’s never too early to get your guest accommodations in order. In the guest room, get everything ready for
out-of-town visitors. Collect extra pillows and blankets, freshen bedding, clear space in the closet and have
fresh towels at the ready. A suitcase stand, either purchased or made by you out of decoratively stacked, vintage
suitcases, is a welcoming touch. Place high-quality toiletries in a decorative basket for your guests to enjoy.

Holiday decor

Whether you create it yourself or purchase holiday home decor from your favorite catalog or home store,
creating a holiday mood with garlands, greenery and other items will make visitors to your home feel welcome.
Holiday plants and pine boughs can be found at your local home improvement shop or florist. If you have vintage
ornaments that are wearing out or that have lost their hook holders, place them in a decorative bowl or glass candle
holder to let them sparkle. Candles (battery-powered are safest) and small lights add a warm festive glow throughout your home.

Opening your home for the holidays makes the season even warmer. Begin preparing your place now so that it
will feel truly welcoming for your seasonal guests!