You’ve recently listed your real estate rental property on Rentza and already have appointments set up with potential tenants. Now you have to ask yourself, is your rental home ready for a showing?

You only get one chance to make a first impression so you better make it a good one. That’s why it is so important to make sure you can showcase everything your rental property has to offer. Here are a few tips to follow when you prepare your property for its next showing:

Make sure the suite is clean and free of all the prior tenants belongings. If the suite is still occupied, it is important to make sure it is organized and clean before showings. Once you obtain legal possession of the property, clean everything and throw out any belongings left behind from the previous tenants. Make sure to check in the refrigerator, shelves, pantries, underneath the bathroom sinks, and the medicine cabinet.

Check that the plumbing is in good working order

Most potential tenants will check the plumbing throughout the house during a showing. Make sure to check that you have no leaky faucets, your basins are draining freely and that your toilets are flushing properly.

Ensure that all appliances, lights, windows, and locks are in good working order

Lights that flicker on and off or kind of work must be replaced. If your microwave is making strange noises it is time to throw it out and get a new one. These are all things that relate to your tenant’s safety and security. If you can’t afford to replace an appliance like a microwave, it will be best to toss it than to risk injury to your tenant. Including damaged or faulty appliances will not increase your rental’s value.

Get rid of those strange odours

Open all the windows to air out your home, especially if your rental property is carpeted or has curtains, which are often culprits for holding scents and odours. Wash the curtains or replace them.

If you are having trouble removing odours and stains from your carpets, it may be a good idea to hire a professional carpet cleaning company. Don’t forget about the refrigerator too. Include a fresh box of baking soda to suck away odours and keep your refrigerator smelling fresh.

Help your tenants out and include some toiletries and cleaning supplies

Most of your applicants will tell you how clean they are, everyone knows that landlords are looking for the perfect tenant, but it goes both ways. Potential tenants are also looking for a clean home and there are small things you can do to convey this. This does not mean you should go out and buy a new Dyson, but it’s a nice gesture to include a roll of toilet paper in each bathroom and some cleaning supplies.

Here are a few supplies you can consider:

  • Small garbage can
  • Broom and dust pan
  • Cleaning detergent such as, toilet bowl cleaner, and a multi-purpose cleaning solution

Showing your rental during a snowstorm or in the heat of the summer

Imagine a potential tenant making a comfortable drive over in their air conditioned car only to step into your top floor condo rental or apartment rental and discover that it feels like a sauna! Now that’s a lasting first impression… that you don’t want! If its the heat of the summer it might be a good idea to have showings in the evening when it is cooler.

Tenants are looking for comfort in their new home, so if you have A/C, arrive early to turn it on. If you don’t have A/C open some windows to create some air flow and ensure your rental is at a comfortable temperature. The same goes for showings during the winter months. Be aware of the weather conditions and prepare your property for a great showing.

Brighten up your home

There’s nothing welcoming about a dark home. Turn on all the lights and your rental will appear more open, warm and inviting – everything a tenant looks for in a dream home.

Bring cleaning wipes with you for quick clean ups

When you’re waiting around for your next appointment, you’ll always find something that could use a quick wipe. Disinfectant wipes are perfect for this.

Remember the keys, rental applications, pens, and notepads

Showing your rental can be pretty exciting; you’ll be surprised at just how many landlords show up without the keys! Along with rental application forms, pens, and notepads for the applicants, don’t forget to bring the keys to save yourself from embarrassment.