Finding tenants can be a difficult task, especially in college towns where the competition is high. Here are a few tips to help your property stand out to potential clients.
How to find Good Tenants
1) Take good pictures.
One of the main things to do when attracting potential tenants is to take quality photos of the available spaces. Great photos helps maintain the image of clean, home-like spaces, and entice potential tenants to visit.
Take a clean photo of the exterior front of the house. Take one of the back if there is pertinent amenities such as a porch, patio, or nice view.
Take wide photos of the common areas, such as the kitchen, dining area, and living room. Take photos of the bedrooms. Try to get the whole room, and include photos of closets or master bathrooms.
Take photos of bathrooms, and other larger closets.
Once you’ve taken great photos, it’s time to share them. There are many outlets to advertise, from free listings on some sites to classified ads in newspapers. Make sure your ad clearly outlines the space available: is it a one-bedroom or two? What kind of unit? Is it a house? How many bathrooms? Is there a deck or patio? If it is a house, what style? How many floors? Try to identify specifics that would speak to the tenants you want to attract.
For example, a single floor ranch home with two to three bedrooms might attract new families or recently married couples. Apartments near campus are likely to attract college students.
3) Offer move in specials
A great way to stand out in the market is to offer move-in incentives, such as lower deposits or discounts on first month rent. While it isn’t necessary, especially if you have a sought-after property, it is a good option if your properties are in a saturated area.
4) Clean up the exterior
Curb appeal is just as important for rental properties as it is for businesses and homes. Making a great first impression when potential tenants visit is important. It also helps catch the eye of passersby.
Soft washing the exterior will take care of mold, mildew, dirt and pollution that may be contaminating the siding. Look for blackish green streaks or blotches, especially on vinyl siding. Mold also tends to grow into concrete such as patios and sidewalks.
Companies like Agent Clean offer custom cleaning packages to take care of any cleaning needs. Learn more about some of the exterior cleaning services available.
Finding tenants is a process. Following the above tips can help you attract more people to your rental property.
Staying Cool in Houston
Summer is in full swing, and the heat can be a hard thing to beat. Houston sits on the Gulf of Mexico, and temperatures tend to be in the high 80s and mid 90s. Here are a few activities that can help you stay cool in the summer in Houston.
Ice Skating in Houston
Trying to beat the heat? What better way then with ice! Houston is home to several amazing ice skating rinks.
Ice at the Galleria. Located at the Houston Galleria, Ice at the Galleria offers public skating daily for a $19 admission and skate rental. The rink is in an elongated atrium and offers a fun place to skate with friends or family.
The Aerodrome. Former Houston Aeros used to practice here, now it is an indoor skating rink that offers a great place to stay cool and have fun. Public access is available for $10 and skate rental, but the hours are limited to 11:15AM to 3:30PM weekdays.
Best Ice Cream in Houston
Obviously, the best ice cream is subjective, but here are a few stops to make for some of the best reviewed ice cream shops in Houston.
Fat Cat Creamery. Located just north of Houston’s center, Fat Cat Creamery has popular flavors with Texas flair, like Cat’s Meow Mexican Vanilla, Chai Tea Coconut, and Milk Chocolate Stout. Their ingredients are locally sourced, making it a great choice to support local business.
Amorino. This European artisanal gelato shop offers floral designs made with gelato and sorbet. They offer a variety of toppings and flavors, and are a unique take on gelato. Try it out if you want some summer treats that look and taste great.
Houston Water Parks and Pools
A list of “places to beat the heat in Houston” wouldn’t be complete without a few pool and water park suggestions. Houston is home to over 30 community pools and 29 spraygrounds. Here’s a few of our top picks.
Noah’s Ark Pool. This popular water park has an Ark model with animals, mushroom tree fountains, and a large swimming pool. It offers fun for the whole family, with rock climbing walls and a basketball pavillion as well.
Discovery Green’s Gateway Fountain. This fountain pavillion is in downtown Houston. A 12 acre urban park is a great destination and fun for kids of all ages. The jets of the fountains shoot up to 14 feet high, making for a great way to stay cool in the summer.
Your summer in Houston doesn’t have to be miserably hot. There’s plenty to do to stay cool. These were a few suggestions from our friends at Agent Clean of Houston. Go find your own fun in this great Texas city!