As a landlord, it is your obligation to make the unit as prepared as possible for new tenants so that everything is to their liking when they move in. But after tenants have lived in the unit for an extended amount of time, whether it is a home or an apartment, there is likely to be some damage and some bad smells that may make the new tenants less likely to stay in your units. So what can you do to prepare an old unit for new tenants?

How to Prepare an Old Unit for New Tenants: Make Repairs

One of the things that you can do is make repairs on the property. These repairs could include any number of things such as fixing the broken blinds, repainting the walls, filling in holes that were nailed into the wall, or replacing the caulking around the plumbing fixtures. Some repairs might be too big for you to do by yourself. For example, if the cabinetry was damaged from the previous tenants, you will need to get it replaced for the new tenants and may need to hire professionals to do so.

Remove Bad Smells

Nobody likes bad odors in a home. It can become uncomfortable to live with and can even aggravate allergies or other respiratory conditions. If the unit has bad smells, such as cigarette smoke, you will want to remove them before the new tenants move in. There are a number of ways to do this—from putting out baking soda in a room to using ammonia to scrub stubborn spots on surfaces that smell. But you might not be able to fully remove the cigarette smell without an ozone shock treatment.

How to Prepare an Old Unit for New Tenants: Clean

Even if your tenants were the cleanest people on the planet, there are likely still some areas that they missed when they cleaned the unit. As a landlord, you can hold your tenants to a cleanliness standard  before they leave, but they may still not completely clean everything. You can outsource the cleaning to a professional cleaning company, or you can take on the extra cleaning yourself, but the apartment or unit should be cleaned in preparation for the new arrivals.

Bringing in new tenants may require some changes to the old unit that’s been recently vacated. You may need to repair things, remove bad smells, or heavily clean, but the effort will make the unit much more attractive to your new tenants.

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