Crucial First Impressions : Instant Landlord

Landlords seeking to rent properties should have them ready to rent when the prospective lessee walks in the door! It is critical that the property be in good shape when the FIRST meeting happens. If the property is in poor condition the first time an interested party views it, then they will leave believing that the property will be managed in the same neglectful way. There are several important factors to having a property ready to be viewed by potential renters. The overall idea is that it be ready to rent when they first set foot on the premises. Other considerations are
1. that the property be clean,
2.that it smell good,
3.that there be a nice lawn with new mulch,
4.and freshly steamed carpets.

Ready to Rent

Other things to consider:
The property must not have loose boards, unfinished drywall, disconnected piping, torn up carpet or unfinished floors, noticeable defects in the ceiling or walls, missing lightbulbs, scuffs on walls or any other such problems. The property must at least be in its finished state, ready to be furnished and moved into.


The property must be very clean. Cleanliness is important to new renters, and a dirty apartment could easily drive away prospective profits. After all, an unrented property constantly consumes resources without a return. The inside of the house or apartment should be spotless. The walls should be free from marks or smudges, the space behind the stove scrubbed free of food waste, the ceiling should be clean, and there should be no cobwebs in the corners or roaches on the floor. In general, the house should be thoroughly cleaned in all respects before the renter arrives to see it. Just explaining to them that you’ll clean it later will leave a bad impression. The property should also smell good. It is not necessary that you spray a lot of air-freshener as that may even give the impression of masked odors. A simple fresh cleaning and $4 plug in works miracles! Just clean the property thoroughly, air it out, and the smell should be fine.

Freshly steamed carpets are also a must.

If the carpet is dingy, and full of stains, the overall feel of the apartment will be one of shoddiness and disrepair. Even if everything else is clean, a repulsive carpet will repel renters.


The area outside the premises must also be well kept. The lawn of the property, if there is one, must be neat, clean, and free from garbage and other debris. It must be recently trimmed, and the lawn care must be professional looking. If the lawn is cut, but there are grass clippings all over the sidewalk, it will be an indication to the renter as to how you manage your property. The state of mulch is also important. If the property has old mulch, it can exude a run down feel. If you are going to have a mulched landscaped area, then refresh the mulch to keep it looking neat. This, along with the $4 plug in mentioned earlier, is a great wow factor for very little money.