Rental property cleanout. What a big chore. And, it’s one that will most assuredly take more time and effort than you might estimate. That’s the real challenge, to get the place back in shape as quickly as possible without compromising quality. This really makes it all the more complicated. Read on to learn more about the most common rental property cleanout mistakes.
Hire a 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. --RentPrep
Also, 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.
Tampa Rental Property Cleanout Mistakes to Avoid
The good news is, practically any rental home can be put into showable, livable condition with a little elbow grease and TLC. But, you can’t undermine yourself. (Unfortunately, too many rental property owners do just that.) Here are the top rental home clean out mistakes to avoid:
- Throwing the last tenant’s personal possessions out. Don't do this. Not ever. It's merely an invitation to a whole bunch of headache and unwanted trouble. Store it away and make good faith attempts at contacting your former tenant.
- Not making repairs before purchasing new appliances and/or materials. Okay, it's understandable you want to spend as little as possible. But, that's shortsighted. Think long-term instead and make necessary repairs and upgrades where needed.
- Cleaning out the property too quickly and not assessing and documenting its condition. If the last tenant did damage your rental property, you need to take the time to document said damage and do so well. Then, you can get it back into shape.
- Trying to show it before it’s properly cleaned out, disinfected, and ready to rent out to another tenant. Just do not do this, ever. Make sure it's clean and ready to go and don't try to rush it.