Today we are talking about how to be a landlord in San Diego. If you are a new landlord, or you have a new property to rent out, the most important thing to do is to get your home rent ready. You can do this in a few simple steps.
1. Clean out the property. Before you do anything else, you will need to remove any personal property, belongings that were left behind, debris and other items from the home. As you are clearing out the property, make sure you take care of items that are in the exterior as well as the interior parts of the home. Have everything removed so the home is completely cleared out.
2. Inspect the property. Now that it is empty, you can take a look around inside and outside. Look at all of the property’s systems and be sure that everything works well. Check to see what is working and what is not. For example, take a look at the rain gutters and make sure they are cleared and not clogged. Check out the plumbing and make notes of any leaks that you discover. Inspect the doors and windows and make sure they lock securely and are not broken or damaged. These are things to look for as you are inspecting the property before you rent it out.
3. Make any repairs, replacements and upgrades; and look for safety issues. The repairs are easy to spot, such as broken window locks or leaky faucets. The replacements you need to make might include getting a new dishwasher if the current one is not working properly. You should also make any upgrades that are necessary. For example, get a modern refrigerator if the fridge in place is 20 years old and a little bit dated. The upgrades will add rental value to your property. Finally, you need to take note of any safety issues. Test the smoke detector and take a look at the carbon monoxide alarm.
4. Begin leasing the property. Once you have cleaned out the property, inspected it and made any repairs, replacements and upgrades that are necessary, you can begin the leasing process and place a quality tenant in your home.