We see all sorts of emails go by when prospective tenants are searching for a rental property. We see them wanting to know if that extra bedroom is separated from the rest of the house so that it is suitable to the Mother in Law. We see people wanting to know if it is a single level home. We see questions about parking. Can I park my RV in the driveway? It’s really quite a plethora of items that we see being asked of property managers, Realtors and home owners as prospective tenants contact them about their homes for rent.
However, there are three basic questions that we see over and over.
When is your home available?
When you are posting your advertisement for your home for rent, make sure you tell your prospective tenant when the house you are advertising for rent will be available. You reduce calls that take valuable time. It saves you and the prospective tenant time. If the prospective tenant is looking for something in the next 2 weeks and your property isn’t available for another 6 weeks, it will save you and them time because they can move on to the next property without contacting you.
Do you have more pictures?
How often have we heard that staging fills more properties than anything else. Well, pictures are “Staging on the Web”. A person is more likely to call on that house that has the picture of the cute second bedroom, the nicely organized kitchen as well as the spacious living room. They already have an idea that it is something they are interested in and that they would like to get a closer look. That’s what you want, isn’t it? For the prospective tenant to ask to come see that house for rent you are advertising. So that you get that opportunity to discuss it with them and determine if they are the tenant that you want renting your property for the next several years.
Do you take pets?
Make it clear in your ad what your pet policy is. If you don’t allow cats, but do allow dogs under 40 pounds, let the prospective tenant know. This is another huge time saver. Why have to deal with that email, or that phone call if you can take care of it up front. If you don’t take pets, making it clear in your advertising will again save you and the prospective tenant a ton of time.
Make sure you are providing the best possible information to your prospective tenants when you post your home for rent.