You’ve posted your listing and have some solid leads. We’ll walk you through the rental showing process so that you can fill your vacancy quickly.
When showing your property, you have a choice of doing a private showing or an open house. Consider the pros and cons of each option. Private showings allow more flexibility for prospective renters, while an open house saves the landlord time. Whichever direction you choose, we’ve got ideas to help you be successful.
Step 1: Notify Current Tenants
If your unit is currently notified, you’ll want to give your tenants plenty of notice and let them know what your expectations are of them in regards to cleaning the property and securing pets. For more information, take a look at our article on how to show an occupied rental.
Step 2: Set the Stage
You don’t have to go all out to impress tenants (Unless you really want to have cookies baking in the oven to give your rental a homey feel). Be sure to tidy up in order to make a good impression. If the property has been sitting vacant for a while, you may need to dust and air out the rooms.
Turn on all the lights, open the doors, and invite people to see all the wonderful amenities your house has to offer. Don’t forget about the outside areas, either. A little curb appeal never hurts, so make sure the front yard is inviting.
Step 3: Act the Part
Be friendly and professional during the open house. Renters want to rent from someone who’s approachable and you’ll start off the landlord-tenant relationship well if you put in a little effort. How you treat the property and other applicants will be an indicator to prospective tenants on what kind of landlord you’ll be.
They have questions, so be thorough in your answers. Talk about the basics, like rent policies, utilities, lease terms, etc. Once the basics are covered, show them why your place is a great fit. Are they pet-owners? Point out the big backyard. Talk about the neighborhood and show them any recent upgrades that have been made.
Step 4: Make Safety a Priority
Any time you show the house, you’ll want to make sure that you, your current tenants, and your prospective tenants are safe at all times. Make sure there are no outstanding maintenance issues that could lead to a hazardous situation.
Trust your gut when it comes to interacting with prospective tenants. Keep your current renters’ privacy safe by giving them plenty of notice that you’ll be bringing people by the house. For more information, take a look at these safety tips.
Step 5: Follow Up
At the showing, have a sign in sheet where interested renters can provide you with contact information. When you’ve given everyone the tour, feel free to ask them what they’re looking for. Finding out what people are looking for can help you set your properties apart from the other rentals on the market.
If you met someone that you’d like to apply, contact them with instructions on filling out your online application (We highly recommend them) and completing a screening report.
Not too difficult, right? Just remember: tenants want to see the place so that they can see if it could be their next home. Show them how much you care about the property so that the right tenant can do the same. Good luck with your next showing!