A showing is meant to connect your property to your future tenants on an emotional level. They’ve likely already seen your listing. They know the home’s square footage, number of bedrooms, and rental amount. When they arrive for an in-person showing, they want to imagine themselves moving right in. That’s what will attract a high-quality tenant.
Here are some home showing tips that will help you get your property quickly rented to fantastic residents.
Make Showings Convenient for Central Florida Tenants
Don’t expect to show your property during business hours. Tenants work too, and they’re likely going to see properties outside of their own scheduled work day. Expect to schedule showings for evenings and weekends. Lunch hours might be optimal times for showing appointments, too.
You’ll need to be flexible. If your schedule does not allow you to accommodate the schedules of people who want to see the property, consider self-showing technology. With these platforms, you can let tenants in remotely through a lockbox or a digital key. It’s a secure way to make showings easier for tenants and it allows them to see the home on their own time and privately.
Pay Attention to Senses
As we said, this needs to be an emotional moment for your prospective tenants. They need to feel like they are walking into their next home. You’ll need to hit every one of their senses, so:
- Make sure there’s enough lighting. Natural light is great, but keep all the overhead lights on, too.
- Pay attention to how the property smells. It should not smell musty, dirty, or old. Turn on the air conditioning (this is Florida) and consider some scented candles or more subtle plug-in air fresheners. You don’t want to overdo it; some people may have sensitivities. But, you want things to smell pleasant.
- Consider playing some music during walk-throughs and showings. Something acoustic or classical will help those tenants relax as they move from room to room.
- Encourage tenants to touch and test things out. Let them open closet doors and put bare feet on the new carpet.
All of these details will contribute to a pleasant showing for you and your potential tenants. It also prevents them from distractions so they can focus on the property and what it offers.
Offer Application Information
The rental market moves quickly in Orlando, and you don’t want good tenants to miss out on the opportunity to rent your property. If you’re there in person showing the property, provide all the information that they need and answer any questions. Invite them to complete an application and give them instructions on how to do so.
If you’re not there in person, follow up by text or phone call after the prospective tenant sees the home. Offer to answer any questions or provide additional details, and then welcome them to complete an application.
These tips will ensure the best tenants make a move to rent your home quickly. If you’d like some help setting up showings, please contact us at Park Avenue Property Management. We lease homes in Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, Kissimmee, Celebration, Maitland, Altamonte Springs, West Palm Beach, Tampa Bay, and throughout central Florida.