Many people have a difficult time trying to rent their home. They get feedback that the house didn't work for the tenants, and they start thinking that they will need to invest some serious money into their house just to get someone to live there. More often than not, that is not the case. We have found that the most likely reason a tenant doesn't want your house are these four reasons.
Tenants want a house that is move in ready. They don't feel they should get keys and then hire a cleaning service before they can move their stuff in. The most common complaint that we hear about rentals is that they are too dirty. An easy and cheap fix to this problem is to just clean. And we mean a good, deep clean. Like the last-time-you-will-clean-this-house type clean. Hopefully, if you have cleaned it well, you won't need to clean it again, because if a tenant moves out of the property and doesn't keep it at the same cleaning standard you left it, you can charge them to get it cleaned.
Cleanliness and condition often go hand in hand in a rental. If a house is not well taken care of, it is likely not clean too. And if a house is not clean, it often looks like it was not taken care of. Aside from major damages to a house (which would hopefully be fixed when you lived there), the biggest complaints are typically small issues: nail holes, unlevel doors, scratches in floors or snags in carpet. Most condition issues can easily be fixed with one afternoon of work.
When we talk about paint, we are really talking about how old the paint is. Has it been more than 5 years since the house was painted? If we look at the walls on the staircase, will we see smudgy hand prints from children walking up and down? A quick way to make your house look like it's in new condition is to paint. And make sure to use a neutral paint color, which will appeal to the widest range of tenants.
Dimly lit homes can look creepy, and we've yet to find a tenant that wants to move into a haunted house. Before a showing, open all the blinds and turn on all the lights. If you have a basement room or rooms that don't have much light, bring in floor lamps and paint the walls a lighter color to make the rooms feel brighter, larger and more inviting.
These issues may not seem like much, but they can make the difference between your house sitting on the market for 6 days or sitting on the market for 6 months. These easy repairs can attract better tenants too. When a tenant moves into a home that looks like the owner cares about it, they start to care too. To get more insights into what tenants are looking for in the Fort Leonard Wood area, check out our free Landlord Resource Kit!