Erickson Realty Group
Setting the Stage
If you list your home with a real estate company, they would advise you to take certain steps to maximize how your house would show to the public. Their recommendations may include cleaning, landscape clean up, painting, installing new flooring, changing an appliance, and more. In addition, if the house were vacant, they might even recommend renting furniture or accessories to display the home in the best light. Any market can be challenging so it is even more important to maximize how your property would look to buyers.
It is just as vital to set the stage for renting a property, although you would normally not use costly methods, such as renting furniture or plants, to set the stage. However, it still important to present the property in the best light possible. It becomes even more critical when there are many vacancies competing with your property. Some changes required to be competitive may be simple; others may take more work and some financial expense.
Like buyers, prospective residents make quick judgments on properties. Therefore, you need to stop and objectively consider what they will see. Renters generally progress through two stages when looking to rent - they will drive by the property and then, if interested, make an appointment to see it.
The exterior is going to be the obvious first impression so the overall appearance is the first key to encouraging renters to continue to the appointment stage. Making the property look as attractive as possible from the outside is the objective.
  • Basic yard cleanup can mean trimming the lawn, picking up debris, clearing any trash, placing garbage receptacles in their proper place, and pruning bushes and trees.
  • The exterior paint could just take some touch-up or it may need a complete exterior paint job.
  • Repair other detractions, such as hanging gutters, missing house numbers, broken or sagging steps, etc.
The interior condition is the key to attracting quality tenants. The exterior may not discourage someone but a poor interior condition can quickly send prospective applicants elsewhere.
  • Cleanliness, particularly smell, is usually a primary issue with residents. Bad smells from smoke, cooking, or pets can really discourage applicants. Have the property cleaned and deodorized as necessary.
  • The interior paint may need only touch-up or a total paint job.
  • Flooring should be clean and if necessary, repaired or replaced.
  • Doors, windows, and window coverings should be clean and in working order.
  • Appliances should be in working condition and clean.
  • General repairs may be necessary, such as replacing light bulbs, working smoke alarms, doorstops, etc.
You will reap some or all of the following benefits by investing some time and money into making recommended improvements.
  • A reduced vacancy period
  • Attract better tenancy
  • Help reduce future security deposit disputes
  • Reduce your liability, i.e. repairing a ripped carpet or fixing a door for safety reasons
  • Promote good neighborhood relationships with other owners and/or residents
  • Maintain the value of your investment
If your property becomes vacant, we will always advise you what is required to present your property in the best light to perspective tenants and at the same time, safeguard your investment.
Erickson Realty Group
Winter 2016
Erickson Realty Group
3150 N. Arizona Avenue
Suite 101
Chandler, AZ 85225
Business: (480) 497-1090
Fax: (480) 497-2038
Toll Free: (866) 497-1090
Office Hours
Monday-Friday
9:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturdays by Appointment
Serving You
Wally Erickson
Designated Broker

wally@ericksonrealtygroup.com
Dianna Erickson RMPĀ®
Associate Broker

dianna@ericksonrealtygroup.com
Brett Erickson
Property Manager

brett@ericksonrealtygroup.com
Kendra Davidson
Office Assistant

kendra@ericksonrealtygroup.com
Rosie Olson
Receptionist

rosie@ericksonrealtygroup.com
Additional Services
Want to buy or sell? Just call and we will have an agent contact you to help with your Real Estate needs.
Need management elsewhere? You, or someone you know, may need a property manager in other states. Because of our proud affiliation with NARPMĀ® we have contacts throughout the country and may be able to assist you.
Reminders
Check Your Insurance: Events can happen - flood, extreme heat, earthquakes, fire, and more! It is important to check your insurance to obtain the best coverage possible and ensure that it is current. Review now with your insurance agent before a disaster/emergency occurs.
If an Emergency Occurs: If an emergency situation occurs, please be patient and avoid tying up critical telephone lines and our time.
Our first priority during any emergency is to handle the situation, taking any necessary measures for the safety of your property and your tenants. Then we will contact you as soon as we are able.

The material provided in this newsletter is for informational and educational purposes only. It is NOT legal advice. Although we believe this material is accurate, we cannot guarantee that it is 100% without errors.

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