I had a tenant leave (okay, I got a court order and he had to), so I had a place available. First step is to place an ad on the internet and put a For Rent sign up in front of the house. The sign drives more traffic than you would think, because people really do drive though neighborhoods seeing what is available for rent. It also makes it easier for them to find your house if they see it on the internet and drive over to check it out.
|Don't forget to put a phone number on your sign.|
By the way, if you use Postlets.com, you will get you pretty good internet exposyure. Postlets sends your ad automatically to Craigslist, Trulia, Zillow, and other major sites.
At least in Michigan, I think newspaper ads are a waste of money.
So the calls started to come. Firstly, if you EVER want to respond to a Craigslist ad, don't make your first question about something that is in the headline of the ad, like "How much is the rent?" "As the ad says, $700/month."
Second, don't make your next question something in the body of the ad, like how many bedrooms. "Like the ad says, three."
Really, people will call, mention where they saw the ad, and then ask the questions that are already answered.
Get the picture of what I had to deal with? That is only the start of the story.
People touring the property led to more stories. One actually asked if I would move a wall. Uh, no. I also knew we were wasting my time (and the husband's) when the wife either did not get out of the car or did not bother to go upstairs to look at the bedrooms.
|She might be friendly, but she is not going to rent from you.|