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How To Sanitize Your Rental Property

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In a world where everyone has experienced the COVID-19 pandemic, many people consider cleanliness and sanitation more important than ever before.  That’s especially true when moving into a new space.  As a property manager, it’s critical to make sure that each unit is properly sanitized in between one resident moving out and another moving in.  With that in mind, here are our three best tips to help with that process:

Include a section on cleaning in all of your lease agreements.

Inserting a clause about cleaning into your leases offers a couple of major advantages.  One, of course, is that if the lease agreement makes residents financially liable for failing to clean, they’re more likely to take cleaning seriously.  Additionally, some residents might want to clean when they move out, but aren’t sure exactly what that entails.  Setting this out in the lease agreement will give those tenants an idea of what they need to do.

Either way, having this kind of thing in the lease will usually help make sure the unit stays cleaner, giving you less to do before the next resident moves in.

Clean the floors, walls, and ceilings.

Once a resident moves out, the floors, walls, and ceilings will be the most noticeable things left in the apartment.  Make sure all of these things are cleaned thoroughly to ensure that they’re ready for the next resident.  This will generally be the biggest part of the process for you, so you may even want to hire a cleaning service to ensure it’s done exactly the right way.

Consider replacing fixtures.

If your units are furnished, it may be a good idea to think about replacing the furnishings for the new resident.  That way, you’ll be sure they’re getting a fresh start with appropriately clean furniture.

Even if your units aren’t furnished, there are some things that you might want to consider replacing.  These include things like lights and smoke detectors.  Also, a move-in is a perfect occasion to change any air filters in the unit, so be sure to take care of that as well.

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