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How To Make Your Apartment Ready for Renting
In case you’ve recently purchased a new piece of real estate, you might be thinking about renting it out, as that can be a great way to have a steady income. However, if this is something you’ve never done before, you might not be sure where to start. There are several steps you should go over prior to placing an ad for your apartment. Here is how to get your property ready for renting.
 Do a thorough inspection
For starters, it’s important that you do a thorough inspection of the place. That way, you will see which areas need fixing up. Furthermore, if you’ve had previous renters, you can see if they damaged anything during their stay. Make a checklist and go over everything from the floors and walls to the furniture and appliances. Also, remember to look for health hazards like insects, rodents, rot, or mould.
 Make the necessary improvements
You can plaster walls and give them a fresh coat of paint. While there are countless colour schemes you can implement, it might be for the best to stick to neutral shades, as they are more likely to appeal to a wider audience. You might also want to replace the flooring. Opt for a durable flooring alternative such as laminate, vinyl, or engineered wood. You should also ensure there are no gaps around doors and windows, inspect the plumbing and electrical work, and check the HVAC system to ensure your tenants don’t encounter any problems.
 See if you need new furniture and appliances
If you’ve been renting out the space before, you might not need any new furniture or appliances. However, you should still check if any are damaged. If it’s a new space, you need to decide if you’ll rent it out unfurnished or include furniture. In the latter case, you should invest in the necessary items that will make living in the space comfortable. While there is no need to opt for some high-end pieces, you don’t want low-quality appliances and furniture that you will have to replace more often.
Before you furnish the space, make sure it is properly cleaned. Make a list of the things you need to deal with. Clean the windows, then, vacuum and mop the floors. Tackle the bathrooms and the kitchen. You can turn to professionals for end of lease cleaning to ensure the apartment is properly cleaned before new tenants move in.
 Decide if you will allow pets
While it can seem dangerous as the pet might ruin the furnishings or rugs, keep in mind that you could attract a whole new audience as many landlords don’t allow pets. In case you decide this is a good move, you can choose furniture pieces that are less likely to be damaged.
Consider its location and size. You should also look into the prices of similar rentals in the area and how big the demand is. Making the price too high can turn people away while making it too low means that you are not getting a good return on your investment. You can consult with local real estate professionals to see which price is best for your circumstances.
Finally, it’s vital to remember that you should always have a contract in place when renting out your apartment. You want a legal expert to draft one for you and have every prospective tenant read it in detail before they sign it. This way, you are protecting yourself and setting some rules for renters.
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