Preparing a house to be rented (whether furnished or unfurnished) requires planning, time, and some hard work. Having recently worked with clients who are both landlords and tenants, here are a few suggestions to make renting a property go more smoothly:
1. Ask a realistic rent which reflects current market rates.
2. Do a professional cleaning.
3. Prepare a list of operating expenses to give to the prospective tenant: heating oil, electric, cable, snow plowing, mowing, cleaning. They always ask.
4. Prepare a list of contact numbers for caretaker, plowing, mowing, propane, plumber, electrician, cleaning person and other services that might be needed on short notice.
5. Remove irreplaceable items.
6. Buy an inexpensive set of new cutlery, dishes, and pots, if the rental is furnished.
7. Provide new sheets and towels, if possible.
8. Empty all closets and cabinets of personal effects.
9. Clean the basement and outbuildings so that they are usable for tenant storage.
10. List the property with a local realtor.