I just asked for tips for rentin out houses....

@catnik (105)
January 9, 2007 9:05am CST
I have worked hard all week and only had four hours sleep a night for the past week to get the new house ready for "tenants". My thought was that if I make it look homely and nice then the tenants will treat it with respect! Am I thinking right or wrong? I don't really know... They might trash it anyway then I have not only spent loads doing it up then I am also going to spend more putting it right when they leave? I am confussed and don't really know whats best. What would you do if it were you? leave it liveable or do it up nice???
7 people like this
17 responses
@sindai (204)
• Canada
9 Jan 07
oh believe me,....it's stressful looking for new tentants. I bought a triplex 2 years ago. The guy in the basement has been there 5 years....he's always late with rent, but i do get it. But he's messy, messy messy! makes me sick! Then the 1st floor, i've had 2 tenants move in and out. When they leave, i make sure that it's spotless and maintained. If you want to find a tenant, you have to make sure that it's liveable. Anyway, the tenant i have now..she's really nice and pays rent on time..but goodness me! messy as heck!! As long as she's not really doing any major damage, well, none that i've seen anyway. Both tenants have food on the floor, and unwashed dishes. I have caught 5 mice in 2 days and i'm on the 2nd floor! I'm trying to figure out a nice way to tell them to clean up. You don't have to do the place up extremely nice. if you want to, you could. But it would attract more potential tenants to come and see it. As long as it's clean and safe to live in.
@flex90 (1443)
9 Jan 07
"I'm trying to figure out a nice way to tell them to clean up." Well, I guess, if your tenants are myLot users and read this discussion, then your job got a whole lot easier.
• Canada
9 Jan 07
I hope you have thoroughly checked references, both personal, financial and job related, set conditions for your tenants and taken a deposit. It has been my experience, that most people are Ok, but some are not. Home owners, are more respectful of property than home renters.
@classy56 (2883)
• United States
9 Jan 07
i was a renter for many years,an putting in nice stuff in not going rent the place.me myself frist thing i look at is the landlord are they nice or snobby or do they look down on pll.their action when you speak to them tells a person alot if they are good landlords.#2 i look to make sure the kitchen is clean an bath rm.a nice flower potis always nice to look at when you walk into a empty apt or house.but i wouldnt go all out to rent something.as lond as it is clean that is the main thing.just leave it liveable!
• India
10 Jan 07
i would prefer to do it up nice after all its your property. and you might have a thought some years down the lane to make it your home
1 person likes this
@ipanks (892)
• Indonesia
10 Jan 07
i think you should make a little revision for your tenant.i think if you do that you would make your tenant feel like in their homeselves.dont look confused,i wish you can handle it with better and have much profit with your bussiness.
@sahergul (774)
• Pakistan
10 Jan 07
well buddy it depends on one's luck i must say, if the tenant you get is a good person by nature and is enough groomed he will keep it as his own place otherwise... you are better awared of .. all the best...
1 person likes this
@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
10 Jan 07
Oh you must of been extremely busy trying to get your home ready. I believe that you are thinking right you can check out your tenant I hope as in my country they check everything now so that the owner does not have any problems with the tenant, it all depends where you live I wish the owner of this home I rent was lovely like you have been.
1 person likes this
@anne_143god (5390)
• Philippines
10 Jan 07
It's your obligation to make that house comportable for the new tenant so what you are doing is okey. Just tell them your rules and regulation and put it in writing.
@82idiots (595)
• United States
10 Jan 07
Just make sure they sign a contract stating that you will check up on them periodically and unannounced. Let them know that violations will result in their being evicted immediately. Renting is a tough business! Better be smart about your requirements for cleanliness! People will ruin your property!
1 person likes this
@shywolf (4520)
• United States
10 Jan 07
I think that i would have fixed it up a little. But not too much. I would hate to put so much money and time into something and have it potentially get trashed or messed up by my tennants. I hope that things go well with your tennants and that they truly appreciate what you've done and treat your property with the utmost respect! ^_^
1 person likes this
• United States
10 Jan 07
i would leave it nice because if it's liveable then they will think that you do really care if they damage something as long as they live it liveable when they get ready to leave. but if you leave it nice then they will know that you care about your house and will keep it up.
1 person likes this
• United States
10 Jan 07
Goodluck renting it out. I don't know anything about fixing up a house to make it more attractive. I was looking for about 3 months for someone to rent my bf condo. It's stressful especially when someone tells you they are going to move in and they don't! It happened to us 3 times. He kept taking people's word and they never ended up coming through. I found a nice young couple to move in there right before the house was forclosed on. It's stressful! also the homeowners assosiation there sucks! so that made renting it out harder because the neighbor is a BIT*% and she kinda did things infront of the 'tenants' so they wouldn't want to move in! the BIT&* is still there unfortunatly and the tenants and all the neighbors hate her and the homeowners have't done anything to kickher out! sorry for ranting! it felt kinda good letting some of this stuff out! GOODLUCK RENTING YOUR PLACE OUT! HOPE YOU GET SOME GOOD/NICE TENANTS!
1 person likes this
@Mommamea (1215)
• United States
9 Jan 07
When we were renting I myself looked to see if the place was clean and how the lanlord themselves looked or lived if they lived nearby. I looked at how the homes around were kept as well. I would clean it up and make it nice. I would put it in the contract how the house should be kept and charge a deposit if they have pets if you allow that. One home that we rented that was a very nice home they put a note on the door of the kitchen cabinet they asked not to be removed. The note told how they had worked to provide a nice home with a beautiful yard. They told how they had enjoyed the home and wanted it to be kept nice and hoped the person living in the home enjoyed the beauty of what they had taken time to do. I thought the note made us enjoy living there even more. So much that we wanted to buy the home but they weren't willing to sell. We had a home that we rented out once and it was a nightmare. We were over seas and the real estate agent we had did not keep up their end of the contract. The house was a disaster when we got back to it. Put everything you want in the contract add in there you will be doing radom checks to view potential problems that could occur in the home. Such as leaks or things that may need to be repaired. This always made me be aware that the home needed to be cleaned and well maintained. Good luck and I hope it works out for you.
• United States
10 Jan 07
It really doesn't matter. It all depends on the people and how they respect you and their new place. Of course you want to impress them by showing them that you take pride in the place. But above all, make them aware that if they need anything, to have them contact you. I lived in a dump apartment for 8 years-my roof leaked when it rained, my sliding glass frame door was completely broken and could not lock it, my back deck was partially redone (while I lived there) but never completed, the outside grounds were never kept up, my garbage disposal broke and when the owner came to fix it, he made me sign a release that if it ever broke again, he would charge me for it! I had made the owner and manager aware of the problems, and very little, if anything at all, was ever done about it. I felt mistreated often when I was there, like they didn't care at all that my house was falling apart. When I went to leave I didn't bother cleaning up too much. I didn't trash it, but I wasn't going to go out of my way to save them any trouble because they never did it for me.
@sunrisekn (1467)
• United States
10 Jan 07
When my husband and I moved into te place we live in now, the landlord made sure that it was liveable. And it was but he also said, this is your place you can do basically what you want. Well, we took full advantage of that and painted all the walls and planted flowers and put red mulch in the front yard. When he comes over he can't believe that we take such good care of the place. I think the bottom line is to make it liveable and hopefuuly you'll find some grateful people who will think of your home as their own and really take care of it. Good Luck
@soldenski (2504)
• United States
10 Jan 07
I don't know where you are located but I would try to find a military family. They know if they mess up the place you can call the commanding officer and something will be done about it. My aunt has had the same problem with renting her house. She just did the back yard and the painted the whole house, fixed everything and the tenant's are still not happy. It is a nice house, so I don't understand what they want.
@nibory (177)
• United States
10 Jan 07
Good luck with renting your house. Hopefully you will get good tenants who will appreciate the work you put into the house, but it is hard to predict. Hopefully, you are charging at least a full month's rent for a deposit so that if they do damage, you will be able to fix it back up again. Being a landlord is not easy but it is possible to find good tenants. If they do trash the place, but stay a long time and pay the rent on time, then it will still be worth it.