Keeping It Clean Between Tenants

Ideas about keeping your property clean during and after tenants!

You may find that tenants who stay for longer periods of time tend not to be the best housekeepers. But there are a few ways you can get your tenants to keep your home clean…Keeping your property clean

Leave cleaning supplies inside the property. Mark them clearly as to their purpose, as you don’t want furniture polish being used on your hardwood floors. Keeping supplies under the kitchen and bathroom sinks will provide those much needed hints to your tenants to tidy up.

Guide your tenant. Communication is key to keeping your home well maintained. Make sure you talk to your tenants about their responsibility in cleaning the home and reporting any maintenance issues to you right away. Build this into your contract so you protect yourself and your home. If they are too busy to maintain the home, you should charge them a fee to bring in a cleaning service – a fee they may happily pay in exchange for not having to scrub toilets and floors. You should also document cleaning instructions in your personal Property Manual.

Build in cleaning fees. One of the best ways to keep your rental home looking clean and well maintained is to simply build into your lease agreement a cleaning service. Doing so will ensure the property gets thoroughly cleaned and that there is no deferred maintenance when you’re not around to inspect it.

Remember, regular maintenance is key to keeping your home in tip-top-shape year after year.

Visit your MyCHBO Dashboard for more tools like Cleaning ChecklistArrival Inspection Reports and Property Inventory Template.

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Kimberly Smith is an accomplished entrepreneur and published author with more than 20 years experience as an entrepreneur in the areas of real estate, property management, corporate housing, website development and franchising. In 1999 Kimberly and her husband/ business partner, Eric, launched AvenueWest Corporate Housing, Inc., a multi-million dollar success story. AvenueWest provides real estate property management of furnished residential properties offering full service corporate housing services to upscale executive travelers in need of a monthly lodging solution. A recognized leader in the industry, they were awarded CHPA’s 2010 Provider Company of the Year Award and listed for 3 consecutive years on Inc Magazine’s Inc 5000 list of the countries fastest growing businesses. Inspired to help people find corporate housing and real estate solutions on a national basis, Kimberly and Eric came up with a business idea to create a national resource dedicated to connecting furnished rental properties with executive renters. In 2006 CorporateHousingbyOwner.com (CHBO) was launched, the first-of-its-kind online portal connecting furnished rentals and the traveling public. In 2013 CHBO was recognized by CHPA as the Associate Company of the Year. In 2009 AvenueWest Global Franchise was launched allowing for the national expansion of the AvenueWest Managed Corporate Housing product. Current offices are located in Phoenix, Atlanta, Fort Collins, San Francisco, Boston, Dallas, Denver and Colorado Springs.

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