So, you have narrowed down the prospective tenants to a chosen few with your carefully crafted ad verbiage and list of 7 great questions . You have now found someone that seems to be properly qualified – all that is left is for them to see your home, fall in love and put in the application.
We are not there yet though. Even with an appointment to show the home you will still get stood up more than you like. It is just the nature of renters – they are looking at multiple properties and are running from one place to the other. They just forget – or they find something else and don’t feel the need to let you know.
So, a couple of pointers for the appointment:
- To reduce the chance of being stood up – insist that the prospect calls you 1 hour before the appointment to confirm they will be there at the agreed time (adjust based on how far away you are.) When you make the appointment, make it very clear that you will not leave home and will not be there unless they call ahead of time.
- Don’t drive in your most expensive car if you have a choice. You do not want to reinforce the “rich landlord” stereotype.
- Do not make any representations in regards to the quality of schools or the safety of a particular area. Tell all prospects to check with the local school board regarding schools and the local or state police regarding crime statistics and registered sex offenders.
- Bring rental applications and give one if the prospective tenant asks for one.
- If you are a woman make sure you take proper precautions – especially if there are no other people around. You can never be too careful – some real estate companies insist on a copy of the drivers license of the person that is being met to be faxed to the office before the appointment.
Next time we will look into how to process the rental applications to make sure you find the perfect tenant – see the article here.
Finding and qualifying tenants are a lot of work. If you would rather have professional help please contact us. We do leasing all the time and can also assist with professional management of your properties.