Preparing to Show a Rental Property - dummies

By Melanie Bien, Robert S. Griswold

Part of Renting Out Your Property For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

First impressions really are everything! So make sure your rental property is spick and span and ready to be snapped up by your prospective tenant.

  • After you have legal possession, remove all of the prior tenant’s personal possessions and any rubbish.

  • Check all plumbing (toilets, taps, and pipes) to ensure they are working properly. Make sure that there are no leaks, that the plumbing has the proper pressure, and that there is adequate drainage.

  • Check all appliances to ensure they are working properly. Run the dishwasher through a full cycle. Be sure that all the racks are in the oven.

  • Check all hardware. Change the locks and ensure they are operational. Pay attention to all catches and latches.

  • Check all windows, curtains, and blinds. They should be clean, unbroken, secure, and operate properly. All window locks should be working.

  • Check all walls, ceilings, and skirting boards. The paint and/or wallpaper should provide proper coverage, without holes, cuts, scratches, nails, or bad seams.

  • Check all carpets, rugs, lino, and wooden floors. They should be clean and in good condition. The flooring should be properly installed, with no bad seams.

  • Check bathrooms. Thoroughly clean the toilet, bath, shower, sink, mirrors, and cabinets. Check the toilet roll holder and towel rail to ensure they are clean. Put a new toilet roll in each bathroom.

  • Check all cupboards, wardrobes and storage areas. Rails, hooks, shelves, lights, floors, and walls should be clean.

  • Check all counters, cabinets and doors. They should be clean and fully operational, presenting no hazards.

  • Check smoke detectors and all lighting for proper operation.

  • Check all patios, balconies, and hallways. They should be clean and railings should be secure.

  • Check the heating to make sure it is working properly.

  • Check the rental property’s kerb appeal, including the front and back gardens, drive and path up to the front door. Keep them as neat and tidy as possible.

  • Perform a final inspection of the entire rental property for appearance and cleanliness. Be sure to recheck the property every few days that it lies empty.