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How To Rent Your House Fast

– Hey Spencer Sutton here with gkhouses and today I just wanna walk
through two different lists. So one list is gonna be
some things that you can do to help your house rent faster or maybe even for more money. So I’m gonna walk through these. These are things that you control. And then on the opposite side of it, I’m gonna look at some, I’m gonna talk to you about some items that may keep your house
from renting quickly and these are things that you don’t necessarily
have control over. So I’ll discuss both lists
and so I actually wrote all this down and I wanted to go over it with you today real quick. So here we go. So here’s some things that are gonna help you rent your home faster or
maybe even for some more money. It all starts when somebody
either pulls up a picture on the internet of the
outside of your house or when they drive up to your house. So the landscaping is really important. And what that means to you
is that the lawn is kept cut, grass is not overgrown, if
it’s in the summer months. If it’s in the winter months, it means that the leaves are, you know, they’re not, like if you have a large tree in your front yard, that
it doesn’t look like the leaves are just everywhere,
scattered everywhere. So make sure that’s taken care of. It’s also good to plant
flowers, if you can. These flowers should be native to the area so that a prospective tenant doesn’t think that they’re gonna have to
keep up some tropical plants or anything like that. So just keep them very easy but flowers are always gonna be nice. If you have any kind of
trash outside your house, and I know that sounds strange, like if you have a front
porch and there’s debris on the front porch, make sure
all of that is picked up. This is all about first impressions. Ground covering is great. So if you could spread
mulch, anything like that, ground covering, it keeps
weeds down to minimum and it’s easy to take care of. So tenants understand that, that they don’t have to
do a ton of yard work, because in a typical lease,
especially in our lease, the tenants are responsible
for that lawn care. So that’s the outside of the house. One other thing I would say,
which could add a nice touch, is just to hang an American flag. You know, that always
shows your patriotism and people will tend to
respond positively to that. So, now, moving inside the house. So very, very obvious things,
but based on my experience, our experience, speaking with owners, it’s not something they
always think about, so I want you to consider
how you would wanna move into a house. Say you bought or are
renting a brand new house, you know, a new house for your family. How would you wanna come into that house? So the obvious things
are, you want a clean coat of paint on the walls. So this means not a lot of
scuff marks all over the walls. I know that like in my house, scuff marks don’t really bother me. But typically when, and
something doesn’t bother an owner, a lot of times it will bother a tenant or a prospective tenant. So, fresh coat of paint, if you need it, would be hugely beneficial. Also, along with that,
clean carpets are helpful. So either have them cleaned. If you need to replace
carpet, you can do that. Just depends on how long
you’ve had your carpet. So huge impression when they walk in, clean carpets, fresh paint. And then also, you want to
think about your appliances. So appliances, tenants are
typically expecting to coming in and find a refrigerator and a stove and then if you have like a
already a built in microwave in the cabinet, that’s expected. A washer dryer is not really
expected from tenants. Typically they’ll bring their own. So you want those to be updated. You don’t want them to
be just old leftovers. It’s better to throw those
out, take them with you and then buy some new ones
for your rental property. Especially, again, this first
impression when they walk in. Lemme look at my list here. And then, you know, I’m just
thinking about the bathrooms, the fixtures, if they can be updated, just make sure they’re more modern than they are outdated. So if your house was built in the 80s or early 90s, there’s
nothing wrong with that. But if you have the same
fixtures that you did in the 80s, you probably
wanna upgrade those. If you wanna rent this house quickly or maybe even bump up
the price a little bit. Then the last thing I
would say is just make sure to have it professionally cleaned. Before you start showing the property. So first impressions are big impressions and the goal is to get as
many people as possible into the home, to see the house and then you’re going to
start taking applications. So these are some of the things that we do when we first come out to a house. Like if you were to call us
and we came out to your house, walked the property, these
are some of the items that we’re gonna be looking at. We have a whole list. We’re looking at blinds, we’re
looking at light fixtures, we’re checking to make sure
everything’s working properly. Toilets are flushing,
faucets are not leaking. So things like that. But these things that I
just listed are things that you can do to make sure
your house rents quickly. So now, let’s look at the other side. So there are some things
that you don’t really have any control over, and so
maybe you’re trying to rent your house right now, or
maybe you’re considering it. Here’s some things that
might keep your property from renting quickly. Like I was just at a house, not long ago, and I was driving. So this, I had been talking to this owner and he was wondering, “Hey, why aren’t we
getting more activity?” I hadn’t been to his house so I drove out there and
as I was driving through the neighborhood, I kind of understood a little bit of the difficulty. And so number one is just
the neighborhood scene. So the neighborhood scene
where his place was, where his condo was, was not great. There was a lot of trash on the streets, some loitering, some things like that. It just wasn’t a, didn’t
seem like a very friendly and receptive neighborhood
from that standpoint. And so that’s always
going to be a little bit of a red flag to prospective
tenants as they pull up. They’re not gonna get this
warm and fuzzy feeling. So again, you don’t really
have anything to do with that. It’s something beyond your control. Another thing, just, and
this may sound strange but you know, steep
driveways are, you know, can keep people from renting your house. Also along with that an
odd layout of the home. So if your house has a funky layout, then you probably are not gonna expect it to rent very, very quickly. So there’s a reason why
these national home builders, these multi, multi million
dollar home builders essentially have the same,
I mean they may have three or four different plans
that they put everywhere and it’s because that’s what people like. So if your house has a funky layout, you may love it, but that
doesn’t mean a tenant or a prospective tenant
is going to love it. And then, you know, just some, what we call white elephant issues. And white elephant means
it’s almost impossible to ignore things, like you are
on a very, very busy street. That’s obviously gonna take away from a prospective
tenant’s desire to rent, especially if they have small children. If you live near train tracks, if you live near power lines, so those are just some of the things that may keep your house
from renting very quickly. Again, you don’t really have
any kind of control over those, so focus on what you do
have control on, over. These things that I mentioned. The appeal, the street
appeal, when they pull up, pride of ownership, inside the home, outside the home. If your home looks great, and like that, and there’s another
house on the same block or down the block or the next block, that is not kept as well, nine times out of 10
they’ll choose your house if all things being equal. So I hope this kinda helps
you think about some things and will help you rent your house quickly. Whether you do it yourself or
whether you choose gkhouses to help find a great tenant for your home. Thanks so much.

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