This is your chance to make a good first impression. While you are still deciding whether you like these people as prospective tenants, you want them to love the property—and you. Make sure your preparations include a review of what not to do at a rental property showing. Don’t do any of the following, and you may find the landlord’s holy grail: a long-term, trouble-free tenant.
Don’t Schedule When Tenants Are Home
Both current and future tenants can be uncomfortable during a showing, so avoid it if possible. Ask your current tenants what time windows work for them, and be sure to give them 24 hours’ notice before scheduling a tour. If you can wait until the property is vacated for a showing, it may be easier for the new tenants to picture themselves living there. If you don’t want to miss a month’s rent, though, be as courteous as possible to the current occupants, and they’ll be more inclined to work with you.
Don’t Underestimate Staging
Leave time to get to the appointment early so you can make sure the property is as pretty as its pictures. If the property is unoccupied, a professional cleaning service can attend to all the corners while you can add homey touches. If it’s occupied, no tenant will turn down a complimentary cleaning. Pay attention to the details. And make sure no one’s sense of smell will be assaulted.
Don’t Steer Possible Renters
“Steering” means guiding candidates to certain parts of the property and not others. This can be discriminatory, though, and doesn’t take advantage of the property’s big-picture appeal. Include tours of any pool, gym area, laundry room, parking spaces, outdoor areas, and roof decks.
And while you’re at it, make sure your language doesn’t veer into dangerous territory. Even asking, “Do you have kids?” can violate Fair Housing Laws. It’s best to ask prospective renters the same questions so that you stay above reproach.
Don’t Ignore Safety
Namely yours. Make sure you have a copy of the candidate’s driver’s license. Show the place with a colleague, or have a friend call to check on you during the appointment. And for everyone’s sake, this is no time to be lax about pandemic guidelines. These can change as Florida decides how and when to reopen the economy. If you plan to show a unit soon, make sure you’re aware of the most up-to-date regulations for showings.
Don’t Forget the Paperwork
Have an illustrated flyer handy with property details so that renters will remember you. And think positive: Bring a rental application. What you do right is just as important as what not to do at a rental property showing. And if you’re done your part, you’ve increased your odds that this tenant is The One. If all goes well, don’t hesitate to get the ball rolling.
If you want to learn more about being the best property owner possible, R. Russell Properties can help. We specialize in Longwood property management, and we also extend our services to other cities in Central Florida. Give us a call today—we look forward to working with you!