The one thing that seems to be missing nowadays is simple kindness. In many states the cost of homes is soaring and this is leading more families to rentals. However this varies depending on what state you live in, and can also change frequently. If you want to get good tenants to stick around, you will want to make them feel welcome in their new home. Of course you will do the basic screening process to make sure that they are good tenants, but you want them to stay. So below are several creative ways to help good tenants stick around. Remember that the effort will be worth it so that you can have steady income from your rental property.
The welcome basket for your new tenants does not have to be expensive. It can just simply be a basket with a few household items. For example if there is a dishwasher in the apartment, put a sample box of dishwasher liquid. You can fill the basket with a bunch of sample items or regular items that you may have purchased on sale. Putting cleaning products into a welcome basket also helps you as well, because they will using the items to keep the yard clean. Remember that this is just a nice gesture to help you keep good tenants.
Give them paint options
What’s wrong with letting your tenants pick the paint colors for their new apartment or home rental? No one likes the typical white wall look anymore, so give some options. This does not mean that you have to worry about crazy colors. Visit your local hardware, or paint store and choose a variety of five different colors, that your tenants can choose from. This way you will not have to worry about getting crazy colors off the wall, but can still give your tenants a little bit of control over how they want to decorate their place.
Give incentive for longer lease terms
Give your tenants a reason to stay. You can do this by making the deposit lower for a tenant who wants to sign a two or three year lease. If you have a thorough screening process, such as a background check, and credit check, than you should not worry too much about them being bad tenants. Of course you can always include a clause in the lease for you to cancel it if they turn out to be bad tenants like noisy, or damage the property. Have a good lawyer draw up the contract to make sure you are protected.
Be sure to have a built in repair policy, for when items break down in the house. This help the tenant to feel even more comfortable. In the lease be sure to include that if something breaks you will do your best to fix it within twenty four hours. Even if the item can not be fixed within twenty four hours, be sure to get the problem looked at quickly. If the tenant knows that problems will be quickly dealt with it may make them want to stay even longer.