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Preparing Rentals: Cleaning and Repairs

Posted January 21, 2023 by Mike Lewis under Tips

Preparing Rentals: Cleaning and Repairs


As a property owner preparing rentals for new tenants, cleaning and making any necessary repairs are critical steps. Thoroughly preparing rentals ensures properties are safe, functional, and ready for residents to move in. Proper cleaning and repairs also show tenants that property owners care about maintenance and upkeep. This article will provide an in-depth guide on preparing rentals by cleaning and making repairs.

Deep Cleaning Rentals

Cleaning between tenants is essential to present a fresh, sanitized rental. A deep clean removes dirt, debris, and grease while eliminating odors and disinfecting surfaces. Here are important steps for deep cleaning rentals:

Clean and Disinfect All Surfaces

Wipe down all counters, cabinets, walls, floors, and baseboards. Disinfect high-touch areas like doorknobs, light switches, and appliance handles. Use antibacterial cleaners and wipes. For carpets, hire professional steam cleaning.

Scrub Bathrooms and Kitchen

Bathrooms and kitchens gather the most grime. Scrub tile, grout, sinks, showers, bathtubs, and toilets. For the kitchen, deep clean the oven, stove, dishwasher, microwave, and refrigerator.

Wash Windows, Mirrors, and Light Fixtures

Clean windows, mirrors, and light fixtures to let more natural light in. Use glass cleaner and microfiber cloths.

Sweep and Mop Floors

Vacuum carpeted areas then mop hard floors with wood cleaner or disinfectant. Get into corners and along baseboards.

Freshen Air Ducts and Vents

Consider having HVAC air ducts professionally cleaned. Also wipe vents to remove dust buildup.

Check for Pests

Inspect for signs of pests like insects, rodents, or bug infestations. Address any issues immediately.

Eliminate Odors

Air out the rental fully. Use odor eliminators and ventilate with fans. Replace air filters.

Making Repairs

In addition to cleaning, landlords need to fix or upgrade anything broken, damaged, or in disrepair. Addressing repairs makes a rental fully functional and comfortable for tenants.

Inspect Property Thoroughly

Walk through the entire rental, inside and out, to identify necessary repairs. Check walls, floors, windows, doors, cabinets, appliances, plumbing, electricity, roof, yard, etc.

Fix Minor Repairs

Simple repairs involve painters caulking, lightbulb replacements, tightening handles, adjusting doors, patching holes, etc. Knock these out first.

Repair Appliances

Faulty appliances like air conditioners, furnaces, and refrigerators need professional repairs or replacement so they work properly.

Update Interior Finishes

Apply fresh paint or wallpaper where needed. Refinish or replace flooring and tile. Update lighting fixtures.

Address Safety Issues

Electrical, fire safety, and structural repairs take priority. Fix loose railings, cracked foundations, faulty wiring, missing smoke detectors, etc. immediately. Consider having professionals assess major issues.

Improve Curb Appeal

Aesthetic exterior improvements like painting, landscaping, and cleaning improve first impressions. Also repair walkways, fences, signs, drainage, etc.

Allow Time and Budget

Repairs take time and money so start early. Get contractor estimates and shop sales for supplies. Discuss timelines with tenants.


Preparing rentals between tenants requires meticulous cleaning and any necessary repairs. A deep clean sanitizes the property while repairs ensure functionality. By thoroughly addressing cleaning and repairs, landlords provide quality housing and positive experiences for renters. Following these best practices keeps properties well-maintained.

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