When you are preparing to put your property on the rental market, there are a lot of things you need to know and be prepared for. If you have never done this before, make sure you know the law. You need to understand the proper and legal way to handle a security deposit and what type of lease you should use. There are advantages and disadvantages to different types of lease, and you’re going to have to choose the one that works best for your property. In Georgia, many landlords use the lease written by the real estate commission. At Property Services of Atlanta, we have our own lease that we use, which was drafted by our attorneys.
When you are preparing your rental property for the market, the curb appeal of that home is the most important thing to focus on. You have heard me say it before, but you have to understand how important curb appeal is. It’s the first impression. Make sure the grass is cut and you have fresh mulch in your flower beds. Trim your bushes so they look sharp and healthy and clean out those gutters so there aren’t any trees growing out of them. In Atlanta, we are the city of trees, so make sure your property’s trees are well cared for.
Inside the home, everything must be clean and fresh. The floors should be vacuumed and swept. There should be no bugs. All of the surfaces and countertops should look good. Open up doors and windows and make sure it looks inviting to potential tenants.
Take really outstanding pictures before you put your property on the market. The Internet is one of the best marketing tools you have, and you will need really detailed photos to list online. Pay attention to the pictures you take. If there is an overgrown tree covering up half the house, that’s not going to look good when people are searching for properties online. Take more photos than you will need so you can review them and pick out the ones that really show the house in its best light. Ask yourself if the photos you have taken of your house would get your interest as a tenant. If they would, you should use them.
Please contact us at Property Services of Atlanta if you would like more information on how to get your property ready for the market. We would be happy to answer any questions you might have.