Hire a Pro Service or Go DIY?It’s a real conundrum. Should you hire a rental home cleanout service or do it yourself? Well, it really depends on the extent of the job. In more cases than not, it’s better to have a rental home clean out service do the work. This way, you aren’t burdened by the hassle or have to commit the time and effort.
At some point in your time as a landlord, you will be faced with an empty or half empty unit, wondering where your tenant is. Perhaps it’s because you served the tenant with an eviction notice and you think they’ve moved out in the night to avoid further action. Or, another possibility is that the tenant simply wanted out of the lease and the rental property and just broke it. Either way, you now have what you think might be an abandoned rental property. However, proceeding as if the tenant is long gone can be a costly mistake for you. —RentPrepAlso, if you do go it on your own, you’ll need a way to haul all that junk away. Additionally, you’ll need a crew to help out. And, the right equipment. Not to mention, you’ll need to take all that stuff to the right locations for disposal or for recycling.
Rental Home Cleanout Mistakes in Fort MyersNow, let’s take a quick look at what you need to avoid doing with a rental property clear out. These are things which can easily cause a lot of heartache. Here are the biggest rental home cleanout mistakes to know about:
- Throwing away personal possessions. Okay, so we’ve hit on this point a couple of times. But, it definitely bears repeating. Gather up all the tenant’s possessions and place them in storage. (Don’t worry, you can bill the tenant for the storage fee.)
- Not making repairs before purchasing new appliances and/or materials. It’s very tempting to forgo repairs, especially cosmetic damage because you want the property to generate an income as soon as possible. Whatever time and money you might “save” will be lost because potential tenants are turned-off.
- Jumping into the cleanout without documentation. Another mistake is not to take the time to document any damage. You can easily do this in a jiffy with your smartphone using the camera and a notes app.
- Showing the place before it’s actually ready. Never show any property unless it is totally ready to show. Period. It’s just not helpful and it will likely do more harm than good, in the end.