9 tips on preparing your rental property for a new tenant

October 15, 2018 Shauna B

You have found a new tenant and it’s time for them to move in. However, before the tenants arrive, you will need to ensure that the property is ready for the new occupants. Here are some tips to prepare your apartment for rent in Calgary for a new tenant. 

1.      Do a walk-through

Before your new tenants move in, do a thorough inspection of the property and make a list of everything that needs to be replaced, repaired or cleaned.

2.      Repair any major damage, health issues

Check if there are any broken window locks or holes in the wall. Look for any signs of mold or pests. Find out if the carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are functioning or not. These issues should be dealt on a priority basis.

3.      Make sure the property is clean

We have seen too many apartments for rent in Calgary that are not as clean as they should be. When we say CLEAN, we mean thoroughly clean. Make sure the outside and inside of kitchen drawers, cabinets and appliances are wiped down. The fixtures, vents and baseboards should be properly dusted. Wash all the windows and check all the blinds. Too many houses for rent are left with broken blinds by the previous tenants. If you find any, replace them.

4.      Ensure that plumbing, heat and electric are working

Make sure all the utilities are in perfect working order. See to it that there are no leaks or clogs in the plumbing, overhead lights and power outlets are operational and the heat is working in all rooms.

5.      Change the locks/passcodes

After your previous tenants move out, you should have the locks changed or re-keyed. For digital locks, just change the passwords. Do it for all the doors, especially the front door, back door and the garage door.

6.      Check all the equipment

All homes for rent have a variety of equipment that tenants would need to utilize the property properly. These include remotes or keys for garage, security system and any other amenities. Make sure these are working properly. You should also document each piece of equipment that you handover to the tenant.

7.      Clean up the yard

Spruce up the lawn to welcome your new tenants. Mow the grass, prune overgrown shrubs, rake the leaves, remove weeds and dead plants and fill up the cracks in the patio or sidewalk.

8.      Change the air filters

As basic as it may seem, cleaning or replacing the air filters can make a lot of difference to how your home feels. If possible, go for a full service duct cleaning or furnace maintenance before your home is occupied by the new tenants.

9.      Paint and flooring touch-up

You don’t need to replace your carpet or repaint the house every year. However, make sure they look pleasing to the eye. Go for professional carpet cleaning and touch up the wall paint wherever required. If you haven’t replaced the carpet or painted the walls in a long time, you should go for it before you put up your homes for rent. Getting your rental property ready for a new tenant requires some effort, but it’s all worth it when you welcome happy tenants into your home.


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Shauna B

Shauna B is passionate about real estate and frequently writes in online industry magazines columns. The views expressed are her own.