Preparing Your Rental for the Summer

The summer season is quickly approaching and with it all the seasonal tenants eager to start their stay at the shore. That means it’s also time for rental property landlords to begin preparing their properties to accommodate tenants. It’s important to make sure that everything in the property is in working order. Here’s what your preparation should include.

 

 

Deep Cleaning

Hiring a professional cleaning service is absolutely necessary, but there are some things that these services occasionally overlook or don’t include. For example, ceiling fans and ceiling registers tend to be forgotten, even though they accumulate a ton of dust. You should also hire a service to clean the HVAC system at least once a year.

Prior to the professional cleaning, it is the landlord’s responsibility to remove all food items from the cabinets and fridge. Tenants do not want your used condiments!

Remove Personal Items

If you and your family sometimes stay at your rental property, remember it’s best to not keep any personal items there. If you do wish to leave personal items, such as clothes, toys, shampoo, etc., try to store them in a locked closet or storage area. Seasonal tenants are looking to stay in a clean and uncluttered vacation property, not your home away from home. They do not want to be surrounded by someone else’s personal items. This includes removing family photos.

Necessities

While tenants do not want to see personal items, most are looking for a fully furnished home. Given how long seasonal tenants stay, they are not expecting to have to bring all of their own kitchen equipment, bedding, linens, etc. with them. Though some tenants will go so far as to bring their own mattress, it’s still best to make sure that your rental property is fully furnished and stocked with most everything that a summer tenant might need.

This is especially important for properties not vacationed in personally by landlords. It’s easy to forget to supply some of the standard home comforts. Clean and relatively new pillows and linens are key, as well as clean mattress covers. While tenants aren’t expecting a hotel resort experience, they also don’t want to use 20 year-old bedding! A fully stocked kitchen is just as important. Not everyone wants to eat out all the time, so make sure there are decent pots and pans, enough silverware and glassware, a bottle opener… you get the picture.

Think Like a Tenant

If you were staying at a summer rental on the beach for an extended period of time, what would you like the property to have? Try to think of things that would make the tenant’s stay more enjoyable. Does your rental have nice outdoor furniture, so your tenants can enjoy the summer weather? Is there a working garden hose or outdoor shower? And how about a BBQ?

These little things add up to a much more enjoyable stay for your tenants. Putting in the work ahead of time will mitigate any complaints you might receive. It’ll also help you find repeat tenants, ensuring that your property is easily rented each season. In the end, providing a quality rental experience is how you can make the most of your investment in that property.

Selling Your Summer Home? Don’t Forget…

If you are selling property on the Jersey Shore, here’s what you need to keep in mind this time of year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether it’s for a primary residence or a summer home, most potential home buyers have already started their search. Don’t forget that contracts generally take two to three months to execute, if not longer. If a buyer is hoping to settle into their new property in time for the summer season, ideally, they will need to decide on a property within the next month or so.

With the holiday season coming to a close, now is the time to finish up any renovations and home projects. Prepare your property for the market now in order to take advantage of the coming influx of summer season buyers.

Feel free to give me a call, and we can lay out a timeline and discuss preparing your house to sell: 609-287-1795.

Why Hire a Property Management Company for my Jersey Shore Home?

Some people choose the Jersey Shore to live year round.  Others decide it’s the perfect vacation destination.  During the summer especially, the population of most Jersey Shore towns swell by thousands.  You decide to invest in a second home here to capitalize on the tourist population as well as a possible vacation home for yourself.  You’ll probably need someone to watch your property while you’re not there.  So, why should you hire a property management company for your Jersey Shore home?  It just makes good dollars and sense.

Why should you hire a property management company? Collecting rents, screening potential tenants & knowledge of landlord/tenant laws to name a few reasons.

Why Hire a Property Management Company?

Time

Nowadays, who has the time to keep up with their primary residence, let alone a second home?  A property management company screens potential renters. They run background checks as well as credit checks.  Then, they take care of any complaints that may arise from renters.  Finally, they collect rent and any deposits required.  Do you have the time to do this?

Location

Search homes for sale at the Jersey ShoreDo you live in Princeton, Newark or Paterson?  That’s a long way to go if an emergency arises at your second Jersey Shore home.  A local property management company can handle any emergency that arises.  They act on your behalf.  That means they get the call at 2 am from a frantic tenant rather than you.  Also, they often either have in-house maintenance staff or work with local contractors to get the situation under control quickly, efficiently and most cost effectively.

Marketing

Not only does a good property management company handle current tenants, they also provide marketing to find your next renter.  Since they are local, they know how to cater advertising to appeal to the market.  You’ll never have to worry about a vacant property when you have the next renter already lined up.

Knowledge

Do you know all the laws regarding landlords and tenants?  A reputable property management company should.  For example, they know whether or not you are legally allowed to evict an unruly tenant.  They also know what information must be disclosed to potential tenants before a lease is signed.  A property management company can tell you how much of  security deposit you are legally allowed to charge and what time frame you have to return it upon vacating.  This is their business.  Any property management company worth their salt can answer these questions for you.

Interview several different property management companies before settling on one.  Research their reputation ahead of time.  Talk to local renters and your Jersey Shore REALTOR@ to see who they recommend.  You can start by  contacting Apex Property Management  as your first stop for your interview.  You can also search the Business Directory at the Better Business Bureau to see if there have been any complaints filed against them.  The more thorough your homework, the better chance you’ll have of finding a great property management company to take care of your second Jersey Shore home.

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