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Getting Apartment Ready to be Rented

October 1st, 2013 at 08:23 am

Well it's the 1st of the month, that means tenants have moved out of our largest and most profitable rental unit.

Husband & I met one of the students and her mom yesterday. Her mom drove down from Maryland to Georgia to help her daughter move out. We mentioned some areas that we were concerned about, large furniture pieces still inside, STICKERS on the walls, mirrors and windows, and cracked fireplace tiles.

They must have worked from dawn to dusk yesterday. We walked in today and it was worlds better. There are still furniture pieces in there, but nothing large. The stickers are GONE, with not a lot of damage to the paint. The cracked tiles are...broken. The tenant tried to argue they were there on move in, but I have a picture of the fireplace showing they were not. Husband thinks he MIGHT be able to seal them in, 0therwise I'll be buying antique hand made glass tiles at about $40 each tile (yup I priced it out when we were undergoing a renovation on our own home).

The tenants are back in there today finishing up. I'm not going to shoo them away from further cleanup!

But I have the place listed on Craigslist already, it is show-able right now.

Husband wants to paint a few ceilings and I am up to paint a bedroom to just spruce up the place.

We have decorative curtain rods and curtains that we brought over from California. So we'll install those and that will be a big asset. We have noticed that tenants complain when there are no window treatments/ and they also remark on window treatments when they view a property.

So, below is a picture of my antique fireplace BEFORE something was dropped on it causing a large chunk of missing/cracked tiles:

I am HOPING for 1 months vacancy. But with the holidays around the corner...I cant think about dealing with an empty unit through the holidays.

4 Responses to “Getting Apartment Ready to be Rented”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I hope you get it rented fast!!

  2. Bob B. Says:

    I admire anyone trying to make a buck renting out housing. We were forced into being landlords when we were trying to sell a house that we had moved out of (we moved about 130 miles away). It's not fun. Good Luck!

  3. TashaC. Says:

    I have noticed that land lording from far away does not work for us. Even with a property manager. But land lording within the same town is a good fit for us, kind of like its a natural things for us to do.

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Hoping for a quick turn around!

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