4 Move-In /Move-Out Repair and Maintenance Tips for Your Rental Property

4 Move-In /Move-Out Repair and Maintenance Tips for Your Rental Property

It’s summertime, and moving is just as complicated as it’s ever been. Summertime is often move-in or move-out time for many rental properties. Families get settled in new neighborhoods, singles move with school schedules, and others make the decision to settle in a new city. Before an existing tenant leaves and another tenant moves in, owners can follow certain steps to make the move-in and move-out process as smooth as possible, or they can work with a property management company to navigate this busy time. Here are four repair and maintenance things that should be on your permanent to do list.

tools-864983_640Conduct Regular Repairs and Maintenance

Like rentals anywhere in the country, Seattle rentals need basic maintenance when your tenants move out. Some of these items may have been in your rental agreement with tenants, but you need to ensure that the property remains in top condition. These tasks include:

  • Replacing lightbulbs
  • Cleaning windows and blinds
  • Checking smoke alarms
  • Keeping carpets and other floors clean
  • Scrubbing toilets and sinks
  • Clearing out the fridge and freezer
  • Tidying up the garden
  • Mowing the lawn

Track these maintenance items regularly and make sure that you’re on a schedule when your new tenants arrive.

Look for Large Repairs

When you’re conducting a property inspection, you’ll also need to ensure that all of the appliances are working and that the property does not need any large-scale repairs. Now is the time to check:

  • Every appliance, running it through a cycle to make sure that it’s working effectively.
  • The roof and walls, to look for leaks and fix them if necessary.
  • Major structures or built-in furniture inside the home, such as cupboard doors.
  • Larger structures outside the home, such as staircases, railings, decks, garages or tool sheds.

When your tenants have moved out, it’s the perfect time to tend to some of these larger repairs. As your new tenants move in, document the condition of your building or suite. Plan for additional inspections and maintenance if you’ve noticed that many problems have accumulated over time.

Damage Inspection

During your property inspection, you’ll also need to note any issues that go beyond the normal wear and tear on a property. This will allow you to bring up these concerns with the previous tenants and keep all or part of their damage deposit if you notice that the property has suffered damage from people or pets. Common problem areas include water damage around sinks and tubs, damage to carpeting, bumps or marks on the walls, and damage to the fridge or other kitchen appliances.

Security Audit

As new tenants move in and old tenants exit, make sure that your property is secure. Check and update security systems. Change or re-key locks to make sure that your new tenants have a secure home. Look for improvements you can make around the property. For example, large shrubs could make it difficult to see who’s coming up the walkway. Consider modifying the home or landscaping with additional security features before new tenants move in.

As you manage your rental property in the Seattle area, look to Lori Gill and Associates for help. We’re experts in the Seattle rental industry, and we can help you manage everything from securing and screening new tenants to move-in, move-out inspections and repairs. Put your properties in our hands: talk with us today.

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Thank you for the great tips. In between tenants is the best time to inspect your rental property thoroughly and make sure it is in tip top shape for the next tenants. I especially appreciate your mention of making sure the property is secure. This helps not only during the property’s vacancy period, but during the lease term of the next tenants. In addition, I think it is important to consider getting vacancy protection for your property if it is going to stay vacant for a long period of time. This will help reduce the costs of ant damage, vandalism,… Read more »