As a landlord you should always make rental-related business decisions that will benefit and help the success of your rental property. This includes making sure that your rental property is maintained well and in good repair and clean and that your tenants are happy, continue to live in your property and adhere to the lease contract. When all these details come together, you should see success with your rental with positive cash flow. Here are some professional services you, your tenants and your rental property will benefit from when you hire them to help with your property.
Janitorial Cleaning Service
The appearance of your rental property's interior will either attract or detract renters and needs to be cleaned well. Even though a tenant is required to clean their rental when they move out, they may likely miss areas in the property that need cleaning or neglect to clean them completely. A professional janitorial service will be able to spiff up your rental unit for your next tenant with a deep cleaning much better than an average renter. For this reason, you should hire or contract with a professional janitorial cleaning service to complete a thorough cleaning.
By hiring a professional janitorial service, they will prepare your property so you can show it to potential renters. You don't want pet hair or a ring in the bathtub, for example, to make your property look unkempt and dirty and give potential renters a bad impression. A professional janitorial service will clean the bathroom and kitchen to remove all residues, dust and other leftovers from your previous tenants. They will also remember to clean the high areas in the property, such as dusting around door frames and on ceiling fan blades.
Your janitorial professionals will also use the proper cleaning chemicals to rid the property of any germs and bacteria that may be present from a previous tenant, especially in the bathroom. Bacteria can live much longer than viruses on nonporous surfaces, like the toilet seat and sink, but the cold virus can live on a surface for approximately seven days. So, for example, professionally trained janitors will know to spray down all bathroom surfaces and let the cleaner sit for a few minutes so it can work to kill bacteria and viruses before they wipe it clean.
Carpet Steam Cleaning
Carpet cleaning your rental property is another important step you need to follow in preparing the property for your next tenant. Your property's carpeting receives the most amount of dirt, wear and stains within your property, and it needs to be professionally cleaned in between renters at a minimum, and sometimes more frequently than that. Your property's carpets can absorb odors along with stains, which can make your property smell bad even if has been cleaned by a professional janitorial service.
Hire a carpet cleaner that is prepared with the cleaners and stain pretreatments so they can remove even the hardest-to-remove stains and odors. And your tenants will likely provide you with some of the worst stains and odors, especially if you allow pets in your unit (but also even if you don't allow pets in your unit).
Most great professional carpet cleaners will know how to remove a variety of stains, such as wine, oil, and the ammonia smell that comes with cat urine. And they will use a steam-cleaning process to help the carpets dry quickly. Just be sure you schedule the carpet cleaning for last so the cleaning crew, maintenance workers, and painters don't track in additional dirt after the carpeting has already been cleaned.
Once you have cleaned your property interior with a professional janitorial cleaning service and steam-cleaned your carpets, you can begin to show the unit and take rental applications from interested parties.