When looking for new tenants, you’re likely focused on the things that will get people into your rental property. All those move-in details are definitely important to consider, but if you really want to make life easier, you need to think about move-out day too.
Even though it may seem a little premature, your future self will thank you on move-out day. Here are a few tips that will make moving out of your rental property easier for you and your tenants.
- Screen your tenants
If you want to make the move-out process as smooth as possible, you have to start with the tenants you rent to. You’re looking for responsible people who will take care of your property.
There are a few different ways to do this, but the important thing is that you do what works for you. You may want to run a credit check, or you may want to ask for references. No matter how you decide to screen for tenants, choosing them carefully will make the move-out process less stressful.
- Discuss the security deposit
Not everyone understands exactly what a security deposit is for, so talking about it when the lease is being signed is a good idea. Make sure that your new tenant knows that the security deposit is completely refundable. It all depends on how well they take care of the property and clean it up before moving out.
If you have other deposits, make sure you talk about those as well. For example, you may require a pet deposit that is or is not refundable. Make sure you outline these details in the lease.
- Supply a move-out checklist
It probably seems a bit silly to hand over a move-out checklist before your tenants even start moving in their belongings, but including it with the lease is a good idea. Hopefully, your new tenants will want to learn exactly how they can get their security deposit back!
A few things you may want to include on the move-out checklist include:
- Keep all utilities active until the move-out date
- Clean the carpets
- Return painted walls to their original color
- Replace burned-out light bulbs
- Replace the batteries in all smoke detectors
When move-out day does arrive, you can rest easy knowing that you discussed all of these things instead of simply dropping off a move-out sheet at their door and hoping they take a look at it.
- Outline tenant responsibilities
Quite a bit goes into cleaning up a property when moving out, but a tenant’s job doesn’t start and end there. Make sure you discuss the aspects of caring for the property that they will be responsible for.
For example, many tenants don’t realize that they’re responsible for replacing the filter in the HVAC unit. This can cause serious problems that will have to be addressed in the future. If you’re renting a house, make sure the tenants know if they will be responsible for maintaining the yard. With all of these expectations lined out upfront, you can ensure your property is in good condition when it’s time to move out.
If you really want to make move-out day easy, contact us! We can make taking care of your rental property a breeze, which includes taking care of all the details when your tenant moves out.