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Check List: Getting Your Property Ready To Lease

By Domenic Belfiore

Most property investors aim to achieve the greatest possible rental return for their real estate investment whilst ensuring that they have a suitable tenant, who is going to take the appropriate level of care of their property.

Here at Ray White Craigieburn we have developed a check list of essential steps that  landlord’s need to work through to to ensure they maximise their return on investment:

  1. Remove all rubbish from the property – inside and out
  2. Thoroughly clean and dust the property – inside and out
  3. Have the carpets professionally cleaned
  4. Check that all the lights throughout the property are working – replace any blown globes
  5. Check all window and door locks are working
  6. Make sure all doors open and close with ease
  7. Fix minor faults such as loose knobs, sticking doors, dripping taps and broken light switches
  8. All window furnishings should be clean and in working order
  9. Clean all exhaust fans and range hoods
  10. Maintain all lawns and garden beds throughout the advertising campaign
  11. Clean gutters and downpipes
  12. Ensure all items for removed from the garage and garden shed
  13. Replace batteries in all Smoke Detectors – Legislation requires all properties to have operation smoke detectors, this is a landlord responsibility throughout the life of the tenancy
  14. Service an appliances due for maintenance
  15. For new properties check that antenna, TV points, phone lines, landscaping, fencing, clothesline, window furnishings, towel rails & toilet roll holders are all installed prior to a tenant moving in
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