There are a number of ways to find tenants, and you want to make sure that you are advertising your property in such a way that you get the best tenants interested in your home. These days, most people who are looking for a place to live will go straight to the Internet. They will do a Google search of what they are looking for, or they’ll head right to Zillow or a similar site. Because there is such a large market of potential renters online, we go straight to the Internet when we have a property to rent. We advertise on Craigslist, Trulia, Zillow and HotPads. All of these are great places to start when you want to find a tenant and you want to reach a lot of people.
Remember that people will also find tenants through referrals. Many renters will find out about available properties by talking to their friends and family members, so make sure you get the word out in your own network when you place a property on the market. Remember to tell your current tenants about anything you have available. Usually, tenants like to pick their own neighbors, so they might have some candidates in mind when you tell them there is a vacancy or a home available.
Real estate agents can also be a great resource when you are looking for tenants. They often work with clients who are relocating to the area, and if those clients want to take their time looking for a place to buy, they might need to rent a place for a year or two. Establish some good relationships with real estate agents so you have access to those potential tenants who need a rental home while they are hunting for a house.
Finally, remember to use signage outside of the property for rent. Professional signage is probably one of the best ways to attract top quality tenants to your home. As we have said before, undesirable tenants will shy away from properties that are advertised with professional signage. It shows them that a property manager is involved, and that we know what we are doing.
These tips should help you find great tenants. If you need additional help, or if you have any questions about tenants and property management in Walnut Creek, please do not hesitate to contact us at Total Property Solutions, and we would be happy to help you.