Refreshing Your Phoenix Rentals Between Tenants This Spring

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So you’ve received word that you are going to have to find a new tenant for one of your units. While dealing with upcoming vacancies can be a bit uncertain, there are ways you can stave off those anxious feelings: by performing some upgrades and upkeep on your Phoenix rental properties! As the sun comes out, it will illuminate all the darkened corners of the room, for better or worse! Here are some ways you can really make your units shine once they’ve been vacated and get them completely ready to be reoccupied by a new tenant.

  • Out with the old, in with the new. Embrace this spring cleaning philosophy! If there is any clutter left behind, dispose of it! Get your unit completely emptied so you can get down to the nitty gritty of critical appraisal.
  • Scrub, scrub, scrub. Get that unit brushed up and looking fine. Don’t be afraid to enlist the help of professionals if the mess is beyond your skill level. Don’t be worried about it, either; it happens to everyone eventually in the home ownership and rental industry at some point!
  • Get energy efficient. If your unit’s still rocking some avocado green appliances from the 70s, you may want to consider replacing them with some EnergyStar appliances. These will save you or your tenant on utility bills and in some cases can get you tax breaks. Also consider getting your windows and doors resealed periodically to save on heating and cooling costs, and keeping your window screens cleaned and repaired to encourage tenants to open their windows on warm evenings, instead of constantly running the air conditioner.
  • Clean those gutters! Gutters provide relief from heavy rainfall on roofs, but if a gutter is blocked, it can build up enough pressure to create water damage inside the Phoenix rental. Water damage can be among the most expensive damage to repair, so making sure the gutters are free of blockages and debris is essential to maintaining the value of your home.
  • Repaint and refloor. Some landlords choose to scrimp and only repair or replace small sections of paint or flooring, but the tenant can usually tell the unit hasn’t been fully rehabbed. It presents a better picture to prospective tenants if you do the entire project, in between tenants, without exception. You want to present yourself as having pride of ownership, so it will hopefully attract tenants who share the same values.
  • Remember what your tenants always forget and put fresh batteries in all the smoke detectors. Seems simple, but it’s quite easy to forget!
  • Clean up the exterior while you’re at it. Doing a simple pressure wash on your home exterior, decks, sidewalks, pathways and drives can brighten up the look of your grounds quickly. Replace and/or repaint shutters, doors, and frames yearly. Fill in cracks and holes with caulk as they appear. Invest in some minimal gardening work to bring in tenants who enjoy doing outdoor work.

What are other important areas that need to be addressed between tenants? Let us know in the comments!

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