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3 Changes to Make to Rental Home Before Welcoming the First Tenant

by Tara Pena

Are you working to get an apartment or home ready for its first tenant? If you are new to being a landlord, you will learn a lot over the next few years, but what you need to know now is how to best prepare a rental home for any kind of tenant. Here, you'll learn a few things to consider as you prep the home for tenants.

Fresh Paint

Applying a fresh coat of paint on the ceilings and walls will help to ensure that they will be easy to clean between tenants. If you were to paint all of the walls and ceilings with flat paint, there will be little chance of cleaning any scuffs and marks off of the walls. Instead of flat paint, choose a paint finish such as eggshell, satin, or semi-gloss.

For areas that will be trafficked heavily, go with the semi-gloss. It will withstand more abuse and will be easier to clean than the other finishes. Other general living spaces will do well with eggshell or satin finishes. When painting the ceiling, use flat white paint. The whiter the paint when you put it on, the longer it will stay white.

Note: If you're going to allow smoking in the rental, use semi-gloss paint on the ceiling. This will make it easier for you to clean the tar off of the ceiling between tenants.

Contact an interior paint business like Klenosky Paint for more help selecting the perfect paint for your apartment.

Eliminate Carpeting

No matter how careful a tenant is, the carpeting in rental homes is always the first thing to need replacing. Save yourself a lot of time and money by eliminating the carpeting from the get-go. Opt for laminate, wood, or tile floors in all areas. If your tenants want carpeting, they are welcome to use area rugs that can be taken with them when they leave.

Test the Water

Water can cause all sorts of problems in the bathroom and kitchen. If the home has hard water, make sure that you have the right equipment in place to remove the calcium, lime, and rust that will coat the plumbing, the appliances that use water and the bathroom and kitchen fixtures. Installing the water softening system now will save you lots of money in replacing the appliances included in the rental and decrease the damage to the fixtures.

Owning a rental home can be a great source of income, but if you don't plan for crummy tenants, you'll find that you'll end up paying more for repairs than you'll make the first few years.