Bartow Rental Property Clean OutThe one thing you know by now is that potential tenants won’t sign a lease to a space that isn’t clean and inviting. You’ve got to get it ready to show and are wondering where to start and how to declutter it without having to pay expensive dumping fees. Since it’s been unoccupied for awhile, it could use a bit of freshening-up.
One of the first things most prospective tenants notice is how clean the rental home is, so don’t leave that first impression to chance. A clean rental home implies good maintenance and reliability on the part of the landlord and the tenants who’ve come before, setting a precedent to respect the property. —Rentals.comFirst on the list is to empty the space out. Be it furniture, clothing, or just junk garbage, you’ve got to clear it out completely. Call a junk hauling service to come and clear out the property so you can clean it up. This will cost less than renting a dumpster and also less than renting a truck to take it to the landfill where you’ll pay additional fees.
Rental Property PreparationAfter the junk hauling service cleans it out, you can then start sanitizing the space. Start with the living room, work to the dining and kitchen, then onto the bathrooms, and finally, to the bedrooms. Concentrate on the walls and floor in the living room because these are what will garner the most attention when you show the property. When you get to the kitchen, put a heavy emphasis on the countertops and appliances. The floor ought to be clean but the real shine needs to come from the countertops and appliances. People associate cleanliness with these in kitchens more than anything else. When the living room and kitchen are spotless, do the following:
- Deep clean the bathrooms. Nothing repulses people more than an unkempt bathroom and that means every nook and corner. Deep clean the bathrooms, from the tub and/or shower to the toilet, the floor, vanity, and cabinets.
- Clear out the closets. Every single closet and cabinet ought to be completely empty and immaculate. People will definitely take notice of anything left inside these storage areas and will also be turned-off by whatever is left behind.
- Clean all the windows. The last items on your list to clean should be the windows. Smudges and dirt are highly visible and do more to repel people than practically anything else. Light is a powerful selling feature, so use it where you can.