Simple Tips To Attract Long-Term Tenants In The Tampa Rental Property Market

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Location, location, location may be the mantra for buying real estate but it's presentation, presentation, presentation that attracts long-term tenants when it comes to rental properties, according to Tampa area rental property experts Cavalier Estates Free Property Management.

So how do you attract that long-term tenant?

“Start with a thorough and honest appraisal of your rental property, noting what needs to be improved or upgraded,” said Matt Fonk a Property Manager of Cavalier Estates. “Attention to some small details and perhaps a dab of paint here and there can make all the difference in securing the type of conscientious tenant every property owner wants.”

This simple checklist is a good way to start.

Make sure the Tampa Rental Property is clean, first impressions are everything in rental properties.

Use modern colors that are easy on the eye with a trim color that compliments the walls. Selecting an accent color to paint on one wall is optional.
“You may even want to allow the new tenant to paint an accent wall or let them choose the color. This will empower the tenant, making them feel more comfortable in their new home,” Fonk said. “A tenant who feels attached to a home is much more likely to stay long term and take care of the property.”

Here are a few tips to make the home rent ready:

Check light switches and covers
Make sure door handles, doors and the area around doors are clean of hand prints and dirt
Check fan blades and light globes
Clean windows and window frames
Clean and replace blinds where needed
Make sure the correct light bulbs are installed
Replace water and air filters
Test fire alarms
Clean or repaint the home's base trim
Have carpeting cleaned or replaced
Ensure any damage to the home is repaired
Check, update or replace appliances
Make sure all doors and windows lock and seal tight
Check or repair window screens
Make sure the area inside, under and behind the stove and refrigerator are cleaned
Ensure toilets are cleaned and sealed. Replace the toilet seat if it's worn

Think of washing a car. Most people just vacuum it out, wipe a little Armor All on the dash and are done with it. But go that extra step and vacuum the air vents, use an old tooth brush to scrub the cracks in and around the dash and control areas and you see a very different car. I really believe in giving those little hard-to-see items a lot of attention.

“I like to pay attention to every detail when preparing a rental house. Taking care of everything, big and small, will ensure you don't lose out on a potential great long-term tenant,” said Matt Fonk of Cavalier Estates Free Property Management. “Take this approach and the house will sell itself.”

Fonk suggests this test. Look around your own house as if you were going to rent it yourself. Would you accept your house as is or would you clean it up a bit? If you have trouble seeing your own home's faults, as many of us do, ask a friend to do it and be honest with you!

“So shake your property down and spruce it up. Leaving a home vacant for a month can cost more than the time and money to make some simple interior improvements, so don't be cheap. Those small upgrades will pay off for several years because you will have secured a long-term tenant,” Fonk said.
For more information or questions about renting your property, contact Cavalier Estates Free Property Management or call, 813-200.8774

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