This is the Ultimate Nomad Checklist™. Select which week you'd like to see the tasks for.
Do this at a minimum once a month.
Mark this task as complete once you've reviewed your "Future Narrative" this month.
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They have limited lifespans and it is probably cheaper to just buy new ones than to have them serviced.
Make sure the property is in great condition; it sets the tone for the condition you want the Tenant or Tenant-Buyer to treat and maintain your property. If you're OK with dirty windows and floors, they won't care about that or other things either.
Things to clean probably include:
- Kitchen including behind and underneath appliances like the strove and refrigerator
- Clean inside refrigerator, oven and microwave
- At a minimum vacuum the carpet (ideally have the carpets cleaned if needed)
- Sweep and pressure wash the garage and driveway
- Clean windows inside and outside
- Mow the lawn, trim shrubs and neaten landscaping
- Clean out the gutters
Make sure the property is in great condition; it sets the tone for the condition you want the Tenant or Tenant-Buyer to treat and maintain your property. If you're OK with a dripping faucet, they won't care about that or other things either.
So, accepting pets and having a property with a fenced in yard can help attract a larger pool of tenants which may help you to get higher rent.
Plus, you may also be able to collect additional pet rent on your properties.
For more information on fence laws in Colorado (and possibly getting your neighbors to contribute to the cost of adding a fence), check out this special report.
Mark this task complete when you've posted the ad.
Mark this task complete when you've posted your ad.
For example, in Northern Colorado you may also want to post an ad to NorthernColoradoRentals.com as well.
Mark this task as complete when you've posted ads to these other websites.
Do your screening early... in this first call... don't meet unqualified people at the property.
Some people prefer to ask Tenant or Tenant-Buyer for permission using something like this:
"I’d be happy to answer any questions you have about the property."
"Then, if you don’t mind… if it seems like a property you'd be interested in... I’d like to ask you a few questions to see if you qualify for the property and… if you qualify… then we can schedule a time for you to see the property. Will that work for you?"
Remember, we're trying to determine if the Tenant/Tenant-Buyer is qualified to borrow something worth hundreds of thousands of dollars and whether you're going to meet them at the property to show it.
- What's your name? Phone number? Email?
- Who will be living there besides yourself?
- Do you have any pets? How many? What breeds? What size? Neutered/spayed?
- Do you have good landlord references?
- Are you renting now? How much do you pay? Why are you moving?
- What is your approximate gross monthly income?
- Any felonies or other convictions?
- Any evictions?
- How is your credit?
- How long are you looking to stay?
- When are you looking to move in?
Ask them to watch the video and look at the application and then confirm a time to meet them at the property for a showing.
If they don't reply back confirming they've watched the video, looked at the application and will be there for the showing time, do not go to the showing.
They will need to confirm with you that they've seen the video and will be there at the showing before you drive out to meet them.
As an example, if your scheduled showing is at 4 PM, you might advertise an open showing window of 4:30 PM to 5 PM as well.
- Show up early.
- Turn all lights on.
- Adjust temperature... turn AC to cooler in summer, heat to warmer in winter
- Open windows if house is vacant and stuffy
- Replace missing marketing materials (yard sign, flyers, etc)
Peek inside their car to see how they maintain their car. That's how your house will look.
Introduce yourself and invite them inside the home.
Strongly recommend you take your shoes off and encourage them to do the same... this sets the tone that you take care of your property and they should too.
Invite them to take their time and look around the property.
If the property is still occupied... do not let the prospective Tenant/Tenant-Buyers out of your sight. Be aware of people looking in medicine cabinets or at the current occupant's personal stuff. Remember, you have NOT done your background check yet!
If you happen to know average utilities for the property, share that as well.
- Fill out application (and what that means)
- How the application approval process goes
- How you notify them
- How the reservation deposit works when they're approved
If you are a licensed Real Estate Agent renting your own property you must also send over a copy of the "Brokerage Disclosure to Tenant" via DocuSign at this step as well to have them acknowledge that you do not represent them in the transaction.
Is the property clean? How is the outside maintained? This is how your property will look.
This is also a chance for you to visit with their pet to make sure it is friendly.
It should include:
- A complete application for each person over the age of 18 who will be living in the property. That includes children over 18. Check the application to make sure you can read everything and that every spot is filled in. Ask them to mark any blank spots with "N/A" if they really are not applicable.
- Application fee of $30 per application in cash, money order or cashier's check only. Do not accept personal checks.
- Copy of valid Driver's License (or state-issued photo ID if no Driver's License). Check to make sure they look like the person on the ID and that the name on the ID matches the name on the application.
- Proof of current balances in checking and savings accounts.
- Previous 3 months of statements for checking and savings accounts.
- Latest W-2 and most recent 2 months of paystubs (or if self-employed, previous 2 years or tax returns)
Remember, you're about to loan someone an asset worth (in many cases) hundreds of thousands of dollars... treat the application process as such!
If the inside of their car is full of trash, that's how your property will look since that's how they take care of stuff. Write down the condition of their car in your notes.
TIP: If this is not part of your written Tenant Evaluation Criteria, we strongly recommend adding it.
If they are interested, they'll follow up with you.
Do more marketing instead of chasing.
For example, you could also:
- Put a lockbox on the property and have people show it themselves. Not good when tenant-occupied.
- Hold an open house. "I'll be there from 1 to 3 PM on Saturday." Not good when tenant-occupied.
- Scheduling back t back showings, every X minutes (usually 15). Recommended.