Preparing Your Property For Rental

Property Management done properly

Preparing your property correctly for the rental market will benefit the rental process in a number of ways:

  • Having a well presented and clean home will attract more tenants giving you a larger number of possible tenants to select from.
  • The property will generally lease quicker because it is ready for tenancy and no other work is required before tenants move in
  • We are able to detail a thorough Property Condition Report and the continual maintenance and upkeep from the tenant is manageable.

Below is a checklist which we encourage you to use when preparing your property for tenancy.

  • Mail – contact Australia Post to re-direct your mail.
  • Utilities – organise final readings for gas, electricity and telephone. Water and Council Rates remain in the owner’s name.
  • Appliance manuals – provide Ethan Property with copies of all manuals.
  • Keys – provide a full set of keys, security swipe cards and remote controls, including keys for window locks, garage, garden sheds with remote control and alarm codes.
  • Walls – clean any dirt and scuff marks. If you are re-painting it’s best to use a wash and wear paint.
  • Ceilings – remove cobwebs.
  • Lights and fittings – clean off dust, dead insects and make sure the globes all work.
  • Ceiling fans – dust and clean blades.
  • Skirting boards – dust and wipe with a damp cloth.
  • Windows – clean windows both inside and out and make sure all tracks are cleaned and free from dirt and dust build up.
  • Doors – clean doors, removing any scuff marks. Make sure handles are secure.
  • Flyscreens – clean flyscreens, removing any cobwebs. All flyscreens must be in tact and not torn or damaged.
  • Stove tops – clean the stove top including any removable parts.
  • Oven – clean the oven ensuring all trays, grilling racks and other inserts are clean.
  • Rangehood – ensure filters are removed, soaked and cleaned.
  • Toilets – clean cistern, seat, bowl inside and also around the base.
  • Air-conditioning – clean all vents and filters.
  • Cupboards/drawers – clean, wash inside and out.
  • Curtains – wash all curtains.
  • Gardens – mow the lawn, remove all weeds, trim edges and prune back any over hanging trees or vines.
  • Garage/sheds – ensure all garages and sheds are cleaned out and free from cob webs and dust.
  • Bins – ensure there are bins provided and are empty and clean.
  • Letterbox – ensure the letterbox is secure and intact with the property number clearly displayed.
  • Fencing and gates – make sure all fences are secure and intact and all side, rear gates are able to be opened easily.
  • Pools – pools need to be cleaned and chemically balanced. A continuous safety barrier needs to surround the pool to restrict access by young children.
  • Insurance – make sure you organise landlord insurance.