For many landlords, the renter is the one who puts food on the table and keeps the lights on in the house. But without someone to rent your property, it sits there not making a single dime. Because of this, you want to keep your renters happy. People want to feel welcomed into their homes, and what better way is there to do this than to make move-in day a pleasant one? Starting out the landlord-resident relationship on positive footing can make for a great experience for everyone involved.
1. Offer to help—Offering to help your new renter move in can go a long way. This is especially true if the renter has no one else that can help him or her move into the new home. Taking time out of your day to help the person move in can create a solid foundation for your future relationship as you demonstrate that you can be helpful if needed.
2. Provide a housewarming gift—You don’t have to go out and buy your new resident a 52-inch LCD television, but it would be nice to get a small housewarming gift such as a fruit basket. You don’t have to spend more than $20 in order to make someone feel welcome in their new home. There are a variety of housewares you can pick up such as personal fountains, throw rugs, welcome mats, or anything else that catches your eye.
3. Host a barbeque—Why not offer to host a housewarming barbeque for your new renters? It is a great way to socialize and get to know your new residents better in a relaxed environment. While some landlords would rather keep the experience strictly business, there is something to be said about socializing with those who have the keys to your property. It doesn’t take much effort to be friendly and help strengthen the bonds between yourself and your residents.
4. Give a care package—If you don’t have the money or time to put into any of the above suggestions, why not assemble a type of care package for your new residents? If they are new to the area, you could supply them with a map of attractions and other features of the area. You could throw in a few things they could use in emergencies such as a magnet-powered flashlight. A list of available services could be a boon to a new renter who is unfamiliar with the area.
5. Provide discounts—For those who can afford to offer a discount or a deal, why not throw a 10-percent move-in discount if the renter pays first and last month’s rent? Depending on how much the property generates in revenue, this could be a great addition to making the person feel welcomed. Everyone likes saving money and sometimes making a sacrifice like this could go a long way to making happy renters.
Much like retail sales, a renter can simply find a different location to live in if they are unhappy with the way you present yourself. The longer you can keep someone in that location, the less time it will be vacant. You don’t have to give the renter everything they want, but you’d be wise to understand his or her needs. This isn’t saying that you should give them free rent, but it doesn’t hurt to cultivate the relationship to make it a positive experience.
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