How to Get Your Oahu Rental Property Rent Ready

Posted Friday, October 30, 2020 by

 Are you struggling to prepare your Oahu rental property for the market? That’s understandable; there’s a lot to consider. Leasing a property isn’t as easy as placing a For Rent sign in the yard and waiting for a tenant to show up. Well-qualified tenants have a lot of options, and you need to make sure your property stands out.

At Elite Pacific Properties, we work quickly to get your rental home ready for some strategic marketing and a fast move-in process. Longer vacancies cost money, and the best way to avoid those vacancies is by getting your home listed right away.

Contact us for help in preparing your property. We’ll make sure it grabs the attention of the best residents in Oahu.

Conduct an Inspection Before Listing an Oahu Rental Property

Everything inside the property needs to function safely and effectively. Do a thorough walk-through and check every system. Test every function. Turn on the heat and the air conditioning and run the water, including faucets, sinks, tubs, and showers. Flush every toilet. Check for moisture or dripping under sinks and behind walls. Plug something into every outlet. Turn on the appliances and operate the locks on all the property’s doors and windows. Open up the closets and drawers.

Make a list of anything that needs to be repaired or replaced, and then get to work. Hire your best vendors and schedule your maintenance. You need to work quickly.

This is our first step because we understand the importance of delivering a move-in ready property to a tenant. It sets the standard for how you expect the property to be returned.

Professional Cleaning Creates Rent-Ready Properties

There isn’t a tenant in Oahu who will want to move into a dirty rental home. If it isn’t perfectly clean during the showing process, they won’t bother applying.

Your property has to be clean and free of all personal items and debris. When tenants begin to tour the home, you want them to see a property that’s clean and bright and welcoming. Everyone has different standards of cleanliness, so we recommend you hire a professional crew to really get it as clean as it can be. You’ll need great cleaners who can scrub the baseboards and dust the ceiling fans. Ask them to pull out the appliances out and dust and sweep behind them. You want bathrooms and kitchens that shine.

Oahu Rental Homes Need Curb Appeal

First impressions are important when you’re renting out a home. Make sure you give prospective tenants a reason to be excited about going inside. You don’t want to give them a negative opinion before they even walk in the front door.

You don’t have to completely upgrade your landscaping, but pay attention to the details that will stand out for prospective tenants. This is Oahu. You want the outside of your home or building to look lush and green. Don’t let tenants find debris or trash on the outside of the home when they come to see the property.

The paint should be in good shape and the windows should be clean. Sweep away any cobwebs or leaves from the front door. Make sure there’s adequate exterior lighting. If your property has a yard, make sure the lawn is mowed and the bushes are trimmed. If you’re renting out a unit in a building, inspect the common areas before you begin showings.

Consider Updates and Upgrades to Remain Competitive

A clean and well-maintained home is a great starting point.

The next step is to check out the competition and make sure you’re offering what they’re offering. Be willing to invest in minor and cost-effective updates and upgrades like hard surface flooring, new appliances, fresh paint, and high quality window treatments. Good tenants will compare what your home offers to all the others they’re looking at. Make sure you’re memorable.

These are just a few of the early steps we take to get an Oahu rental property ready for the market. After all of this is done, we’ll talk with you about pricing your property and marketing your home. If you need some help or have some questions, contact us at Elite Pacific Properties.