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What kind of amenities should you offer?

From furniture to incentives, we’ve covered all kinds of things that can set your property apart from the rest. Aside from these, there are certain things that people tend to really look for in a property. Don’t fret, we’ve put together a list of the top 3 amenities that you should always try to incorporate into your property.

  1. Having a washer and dryer inside the unit is a huge deal breaker for most people. No one likes having to pack up all their dirty laundry and soap to have to go somewhere else to wash and dry it. If it’s not possible to have a washer and dryer in each individual unit, make it a point to at least have a few laundry machines somewhere on the property for tenants to use.
  2. For properties in warmer places, central air conditioning is a must. Though this may be costly, it will surely make your property stand out among the rest. Tenants aren’t going to want to install their own A/C or have fans all around, so they’ll be very happy to see that your property is well equipped.
  3. Parking spaces near the unit are also a really big deal breaker for people. You should try to provide each tenant with at least two spaces near their own unit, and provide adequate visitor parking around the property. No one wants to walk five minutes to get from their home to their car, so try to avoid offering resident parking far from each unit.

Tip of the day! Using the FEATURES section

Many Tenant File users do not know of the capabilities of the ‘Features’ section. In fact, this is a very powerful and useful part of the program. With Features, you can keep detailed information about your rental property, such as bedrooms, bathrooms and other important information. But this is just the tip of the iceberg.

You have 4 ‘major’ categories, that you can edit toTenant File Features your preferences. Those are typically interior, exterior, appliances and general. Each of these 4 main categories can have 15 subcategories. This is where is gets interesting. For example, under ‘appliances’ you could list every major appliance in the rental unit, such as the stove, refrigerator, microwave, wash, dryer, etc. You can simply type information in the field next to the item, whatever you want to keep track of. For example, you could enter the serial number or the last repair date. Or, you can create up to 5 ‘default’ choices for the sake of consistency.  For a dryer, you might set up 2 choices: electric or gas.

Under the ‘general’ category, you could include nearby schools, shopping centers, businesses, parks, playgrounds or more. You can include insurance policy information or anything you want to keep track of.

In the end, you’ll have a detailed description of the property with up to 45 pieces of detailed information about the interior, exterior, appliances or general information.

So, other than having a ‘filing cabinet’ of information, how can this be used? For starters, the Tenant File has the ability (under Miscellaneous > Feature Search) to look for this information by combining up to 5  ‘features’. So if you need to see all of the 3 bedroom homes, with 2 baths, near a certain school, with an electric stove, and a fenced yard – no problem.

Or if you have the optional RentalWIZ service, you can have the Tenant File automatically upload all of this information plus photos when it becomes vacant! No need to fill out forms, just click a few buttons and your vacancies are broadcasted all over the Internet! Plus, you can automatically create a Craigslist ad with this information.

This ‘Features’ information can be printed out from the report section and used in many ways. Don’t forget to use one of the most helpful and useful time saving ‘Features’ already included in your program!