Rental Home Cleanout vs Dumpster RentalNow, if you have a messy rental home property and the tenant left a bunch of junk behind, you might be tempted to simply rent a dumpster and throw it all out. But, even if you could legally do this, you shouldn’t and here’s why. First and foremost, when you rent a container, you must order the right size. Too small and you’ll need to rent it again. Too large and it’s wasted space you paid for.
At some point in your time as a landlord, you will be faced with an empty or half empty unit, wondering where your tenant is. Perhaps it’s because you served the tenant with an eviction notice and you think they’ve moved out in the night to avoid further action. Or, another possibility is that the tenant simply wanted out of the lease and the rental property and just broke it. Either way, you now have what you think might be an abandoned rental property. However, proceeding as if the tenant is long gone can be a costly mistake for you. —RentPrep.comAnother downside to dumpster rental is that you have to do all the work. Not to mention the fact of all the room it takes up while its at the property. And, there are many prohibited items you can’t throw into the container. That’s why it’s far more helpful to bring in a rental home cleanout service.
Top Oakland Rental Home Cleanout MistakesSo, what if you have a vacant rental property but the last tenant left behind a lot of junk? Well, in practically every jurisdiction, you’re obligated to hold onto that stuff for a predetermined period of time (about 15 to 30 days). But, that doesn’t mean you can’t get the property back and shape and ready to show. Here are some helpful rental home cleanout mistakes you should always avoid:
- Throwing away personal possessions. Okay, so we’ve hit on this point a couple of times. But, it definitely bears repeating. Gather up all the tenant’s possessions and place them in storage. (Don’t worry, you can bill the tenant for the storage fee.)
- Not making necessary repairs to the home. Of course, you’ll need to fix this and that but don’t rush it. Take time to assess the condition of the appliances and more. If you skimp on repairs, it will make it very difficult to rent.
- Clearing and cleaning the property out too fast. Along the same lines is clearing and “cleaning” the property too quickly. In other words, rushing through the process will only cause you to go back and do it over. So, do it right the first time. Alos, document any damage done by the last tenant so you can take appropriate steps.
- Showing potential tenants a rental property too soon. The property should be in its best presentable condition before you show it. If you rush, you’ll only turnoff anyone who see it.