Preparing your home for tenants is a fairly straightforward process, but one you’ll want to get right. For many first-time landlords, particularly those who previously lived in the home, it can be confronting to prepare a house or apartment for someone else to live in.
Here are some easy steps to ensure you check off exactly what you need to do. Don’t forget to speak to your property manager as the first and most important step, as we can help guide you through the process.
Initially, you will want to make sure that everything is in working order and any maintenance, repairs or small improvements have been attended to. It’s your job as a landlord to provide the premises in working and habitable order, so it’s important you go around and check your light switches, taps, air conditioning units and locks before a tenant moves in. You should also be thinking about any renovations you might want to undertake. It’s much easier to do this without a tenant in situ, plus you could command some extra rent each week for a more impressive and functional property.
After this, ensure the property is empty and everything is clean. In many cases, you’ll want to bring in the professionals to clean the carpets and potentially deep-clean the rest of the home. The condition you leave it in for your tenant is the condition you should expect to have it returned in and this will be documented on the condition report, so it’s important to have it exactly to the standard that you want the home to be in. This includes mowing and weeding the garden, and cleaning the pool if you have one.
If it was previously your principle place of residence, make sure you have a mail redirection in place and you’ve ended your own electricity connection so your tenant can organise their own. There’s nothing worse than a tenant ending up with a pile of your letters.
And lastly, get all your keys together. Your tenant will want access to the garage, shed, windows, doors, letterbox and other locked areas in the home, so if you don’t have these keys you’ll need to sort this out sooner rather than later.
New landlord tip: New rules from the NSW Government require homes with swimming pools and spa pools to have a swimming pool certificate of compliance or an occupation certificate issued within the last three years. This must be given to the tenan