No matter how long your current tenants have lived in a property, there will be necessary property clean up after they leave. As the landlord, you will need to clean up the home and make sure that it is properly prepared before taking your next tenants on a walk through and offering a brand new lease. If you have already started advertising your vacancy and you need to find a new tenant immediately, turnover may need to take just a day or two. Here is a step by step guide to turning over a residential property within one weekend.
Do the walk through immediately with your old tenant
If your tenant has put in notice that they will not be renewing or if their lease is being cancelled, go through a walk through with the tenant on the last day of their lease. Tenants will know the ins and outs of the issues with the property; therefore, they can let you know of any damage and issues that the property currently has. A walk through can also let you know just how much work you have cut out for you to perform after the tenant leaves that day.
Hire a property clean up service
Once your old tenant has officially returned the keys, have a property clean up service come and remove anything that is left over from the tenants, broken, or unnecessary. Be sure to check all appliances so that you can get rid of the appliances that no longer work. Anything left after the tenants officially move can be removed as trash as well. Be sure to check the storage unit, garage, and the yards to get everything necessary.
Have the rugs cleaned and the walls painted
While you shop for the small things that may need to be changed, such as window blinds, light fixture replacements, and door knobs, have the walls painted, then have the rugs cleaned. Have the property cleaning service patch up any holes in the wall then repaint the walls back to white or builder's beige. After the walls are painted, have the rugs cleaned. Identify any rooms that have a rug that is beyond repair and have it cut out and replaced.
Improve the appliances
Once the big, necessary changes happen with the rugs and house painting, be sure to deep clean or replace the appliances. If the appliances in overall good condition, make sure they are scrubbed inside and out and check all of the appliance wiring. If the appliances are in a state of disrepair, look for discounted floor models to add new to the home. Better looking appliances will improve the overall look of the property. Add these last, before taking new photos, then begin your search for a new tenant.