Getting Ready To Rent




To help maintain the outdoor areas of the property, it’s important to routinely clean them and fix anything that’s damaged. Doing so also ensures that your property has good curb appeal, which is important for attracting the right sort of tenant. A good maintenance programme will also show your tenant that you value your property and that you expect them to also take care of it.

  1. Maintain walls, doors, and windows

    Inspect the outside walls of the property. If required, give them a cleaning blast with a pressure hose and touch up any faded or chipped paint. Look around windows and doors for any gaps. Depending on the size of the gap, you might be able to fix it with caulk or weather stripping. Check that doors and windows open smoothly. If any screens are torn, fix them.

  2. Inspect the roof and gutters

    Locate any cracked, shifted or missing tiles or any other damage on the roof. Look out for any damage to the metal flashing around the chimney, gables, pipes, and skylights. Always get qualified tradespeople to fix problems on the roof. Clean leaves and debris from your gutters. The next time it rains stands outside and looks for breaks or leaks in your gutters and downspouts. Regularly cleaning the gutters – say every six months – will help to prevent muck from building up and causing leaks.

  3. Clean and repair the driveway, patios, and decks

    Give these areas a good clean – water blasters are great for removing mould and dirt. On concrete surfaces, try to fill in cracks with masonry crack filler that matches the colour of your concrete. On paved surfaces replace any damaged pavers or bricks. If any pavers are sticking up too high, raise them, remove a little dirt, and drop them back in place. Check wooden decks for signs of cracked or rotten planks, or planks that have started to curl excessively and they could also pose a trip hazard. If the finish is worn, let the wood dry for a few days after any water blasting before resealing it.


Nothing says ‘a loving home’ more than a neat and tidy garden. While a tenant is generally responsible for mowing the lawn, the landlord is usually responsible for pruning and maintaining trees, shrubs and hedges, and any garden systems and structures, such as sprinklers and fences. If you love gardening, getting stuck in yourself could be a good idea – and it’s great exercise too. Otherwise, contract a garden service to give your rental’s garden the once over every six months.

  1. Revitalise lawns

    If the lawn is showing signs of wear and tear, there’s nothing preventing you showing it some TLC by giving it a once over with a rake to remove leaves and twigs, and de-thatch dead grass. Also, fill in any bald patches by sowing some grass seed to help it get back into shape.

  2. Check fence posts and panels

    Replace warped or rotten panels or posts. If required, pressure washes the fence and reseal the wood or touch up the paintwork.

  3. Tidy up flower beds

    Clear out weeds and use a spade to redefine bed edges. Till the top few centimetres of the soil if it’s tightly packed, without damaging the roots of any plants. Refresh the mulch if it’s wearing a bit thin.

  4. Fix sprinkler systems

    If your rental has a sprinkler system in the garden, check for any winter damage, including broken heads and cracked pipes.

  5. Prune trees and shrubs

    Overhanging trees can cause damage to power lines or lead to blocked gutters. Keeping trees and shrubs pruned back from windows will help to increase light and ventilation in the property. This will also prevent moisture or mould from building up.



If you don’t have a professional property manager helping you to look after your rental properties, make an arrangement to meet with your tenant to have a chat about any niggles inside the property, and use the opportunity to check on the following:

  1. Inspect heat pumps/air conditioners

    If your property has a heat pump or air conditioner installed, now’s a good time to inspect it and fix any issues, so your tenants stay comfortable and happy.

  2. Check smoke detectors

    While spring or autumn is always a good time to get a property ready for the coming Summer or Winter – it’s also as good a time as any to test smoke detectors to ensure they’re functioning properly. Even if they’re in good working order, consider replacing the batteries just to be doubly safe.

  3. Clean out dryer vents

    If the property has a place for a vented clothes dryer check that the vents haven’t become blocked over the winter.