Preparing Your Home
For Sale or For Rent
information was originally designed for preparing the
home for tenants to move in, but it also applies to those
homeowners who want to sell their home. The more
appealing the home is to potential buyers or tenants, the
more quickly the transaction can be closed.
Depending upon the
circumstances under which you will are having us list
your home (for sale or for rent), there are various
things that can be or need to be done before we start
showing the property. The comprehensive list of
"do's" for preparing your property is found in
our Move-Out Check-List below. Typically, before you advertise
your home for rent or for sale, you should also think
about these relatively easy steps:
interior of the home. This may be particularly
important if there were small children in the
home of if there are "bold" colors on
the walls. We prefer neutral colors on the walls.
Having said that, though, some tenants and buyers
like to paint the home to suit their tastes. In
the case of tenants, we generally allow that, but
require that the tenants return the walls to
"neutral" at the end of the lease.
replace carpeting. This is very imporant if there
were pets living in the home. It's amazing what a
difference a simple carpet cleaning can make in
that the home is free of pests (ants, mice,
roaches, etc.). If we determine that there is
some sort of infestation in the property, we will
have the home treated at your expense before
tenants move in, if possible. We have had
instances where there was an infestation that we
didn't know about and had to inconvenience the
tenants to resolve it. This can also hold up a
settlement when a property is being sold. Nothing
turns off a prospective buyer or tenant more than
upon the age of the home, have it tested for
Lead-based Paint hazards if it is listed for rent
(for some properties, this is mandatory in
the landscaping and the exterior of the home. You
want the home's "curb appeal" to be
very good. Potential buyers and tenants won't
even go inside a home if it doesn't look
appealing from the outside. This includes keeping
the grass cut, trimming bushes and cleaning out
the gutters! Once we get qualified tenants into a
house, these are all tenant responsibilities ,
but until they do, it is the landlord's
responsibility to make sure these are done!
gutters and windows. Once a tenant moves in to
the home, it becomes their responsibility.
Gutters that are full of leaves and debris can
cause severe damage to the home that can cost the
owners a lot of money. It's relatively simple to
get someone to clean gutters if you can't ... and
it's not too expensive!
Properties LLC ... Residential Real Estate Services has
managed the move-out process for several homeowners who
are not living locally. This is a routine process for the
time when one tenant is moving out and new tenants will
be moving in. Through our Preservation Division, we have contractors who are
able to make any repairs that are required and we
negotiate with them to get the best prices possible for
A synopsis of our
Move-Out Check list is shown below ... this is designed
specifically for Landlords who are preparing a home for
tenants. Just remember that the more you take care of as
you move out of the home to prepare it for tenants, the
less we will need to worry about after you've moved on to
your next destination!
LANDLORD'S MOVING OUT CHECK LIST
The Moving-Out Check
List is also available for as a
PDF so that you
can print and keep for your own reference.
turning your house over to DMS Properties, LLC for
property management, it is very important to have
everything in order. Be certain that the Property
Management Agreement and Exclusive Listing
Agreement (if applicable) is completed and signed
by all legal owners. It is just as important
that the Residential
Management Information Sheet be completely filled in and
signed. If this is not done, your account
cannot be set up properly. Also, be sure you
have funded your account with DMS Properties, LLC as
outlined in the management agreement, presently
$300.00 plus additional appropriate funds requested
on the information sheet.
choose to list the property for rent with a Real Estate
Brokerage Firm, you should sign the appropriate Listing
Agreements with them. It would be helpful for us to have
a copy of that agreement for our files. If you choose to
do what is known as an Exclusive Agency Agreement with
them, you can also try ti find tenants yourself (or have
us do it for you). We will be happy to discuss our
procedures for listing the home for rent to help you find
your insurance agent and be sure that your
homeowners policy is amended or converted to
the proper fire policy. It is recommended that
your insurance be written for replacement cost
and that you insure under the broad form
or all risk
ask your insurance
agent. Also, check with your agent concerning
vandalism and malicious mischief coverage if your
property remains vacant. You may also check with
the agent concerning loss of rents
coverage due to a claim of fire or vandalism, and
automatic increases to keep insurance equal to
property value. Be sure that you also have liability
coverage, which is known as Owners,
Landlords and Tenants
insurance. This should be for at least $500,000.
you are out of the Washington, D.C. area, you should
direct all questions relating to the management of
your property by letter through postal mail or
E-mail. In an emergency, use a telegram, fax or
telephone. Remember to send us your home and
office telephone numbers and E-Mail addresses when
you reach your new destination.
utilities on so that lights can be turned on in
bathrooms, hallways, kitchen, etc. Turn water
off at main valve. Tenants will be given
instructions to have utilities placed in their name
upon occupancy, and we shall disconnect utilities for
you, requesting final bills.
and tag your main water cut-off valve and any
interior cut-off valves for outside
faucets. Turn these valves off and open outside
spigots for continuous drainage. See Paragraph 3
for cold weather variation of valve instructions.
cold weather, set the thermostat at 55 degrees and
drain residual water from pipes close all
valves when this has been done. If your home is
equipped with oil heat, measure the contents or have
it done by your oil delivery service and report to
DMS Properties, LLC. It is preferable to leave a
full tank of oil.
two complete sets of keys available for the tenant
and identify the keys. In addition, have two
extra main door keys for DMS Properties, LLCs
key file. Once we have a tenant, we will be
having the locks changed in their presence and will
do so with each tenant turnover. All exterior
doors would benefit from a dead bolt lock and/or peep
hole, but no dead bolt locks should be
double-cylinder (requiring a key to open from the
any operating instructions for equipment and
appliances in a kitchen drawer. Placing them in
a loose leaf file keeps them together, save and
Leave interior and exterior clean and in good
repair. Do not leave any personal property,
trash, or debris in the property. This includes
the basement, garage, attic, closets, etc.
Lawns should be cut, bushes trimmed, gutters clear
and yard clear of debris.
and fireplace/wood stoves should be professionally
cleaned and receipts for the work left with DMS
tile in bathrooms. Be sure that tile is
properly set and that grout is in good condition. Be
sure that faucets are not dripping.
and clean refrigerator. Set temperature to
low or vacation.
Never, Never turn the refrigerator off or unplug
it! Many people do this because they believe that they
will save on electricity ... in all likelihood, though,
it will cause the growth of mold inside the refrigerator.
If the mold gets too bad, there is no way to safely
and clean all appliances and fixtures. Pay
particular attention to the kitchen, bathrooms and
utility/furnace room. Replace or clean furnace
filter. It is a good idea to leave a few extra
furnace filters for the tenants.
and insurance: In the event you want DMS
Properties, LLC to pay real estate taxes and
insurance, which are not included in your mortgage
payment, you should advise your insurance agent and
the proper county or city officials, in writing,
where insurance and tax bills are to be sent.
DMS Properties, LLC is to pay your mortgage payments
and/or association dues, you will need to sign
letters of instruction advising them to correspond
with DMS Properties, LLC. We shall provide blank
forms, if necessary. Remember, if we pay either
or both of these items, our fee is increased to 10%
of the monthly rent.
leaving, be sure that all windows and doors are
closed and locked. Be sure that DMS Properties,
LLC has keys to the property.
call if you have any questions. We hope your
move and stay at your new location will be pleasant.
We will be
happy to review all of these steps with you and make sure
that your property is safe and secure when you depart. We
will also monitor it while nobody is living there to make
sure that nothing goes wrong!
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