Given the number of available rental properties in Phoenix, it is important that the property look its’ best for each potential tenant showing.  As a Phoenix property manager, here is a list of items you should keep in mind as you prep.
  • Landscaping: Front & back yards should be landscaped and well-maintained while property is vacant. Grass should be mowed and sprinkler timers should be set. The property should be free of weeds. All trees and bushes should be trimmed. Keep in mind that the  property owner is responsible for replacement of landscaping damaged by natural occurrences, like the weather. 
  • The property should be completely free of all furniture, junk, debris, etc.
  • Patios and porches should be swept and free of garbage.
  • Pools: Appropriate city codes must be met for pool security and the owner is responsible to meet that requirement. Regular cleaning and chemical service must be scheduled while the property is vacant. During vacancy, power should be on at the property so the pool equipment is operational. 
  • Garbage Receptacles: Should be empty and inside the fence or garage. 
  • Interior should be clean and odor free.  While on the market be sure to remove any bugs and/or dust that accumulates in between showings.
  • All door & window locks must function properly. Any window screens with holes or not fitting correctly should be removed and discarded. All doors should be present and operational. Window coverings (basic blinds are fine) for windows facing the street and in the bedroom are strongly recommended because if not provided it will be an extra expense to the tenant at move in.
  • Carpets should be professionally cleaned. 
  • Air filters and furnace filters should be new or clean and free of dust and lint so they operate properly. Air conditioning and heating must be operational. Electrical outlets, lighting, and fans should work properly. All outlet covers and switch covers should be installed.
  • Appliances: Must be fully operational and clean on both the outside and inside of the appliance. 
  • All plumbing must be in good working order.
  • The property must be free of mold issues.
  • Walls, ceilings, and baseboards must appear nice and clean. Neutral colors are recommended. Walls should be free of pictures, decorations etc.
  • One remote should be provided for properties with an automatic garage door. 
  • Smoke alarms should be in working condition.