How to manage when your rental home is for sale
From the owner’s perspective, selling a property is incredibly difficult at the best of times and even harder when the property is occupied by rent-paying tenants.
From your perspective, as the tenant, it can be frustrating having your routine disrupted by OFIs, having to minimise your clutter and having strangers trawl through your house.
Most renters in situations like this tend to panic – don’t. In most cases you’ll be given plenty of notice.
Here are 5 tips to help maintain your sanity when the house you rent is up for sale:
1. Keep a calendar of appointments
Keep accurate records of when your home will be open for inspection and make sure that you and your family or housemates are ready to vacate the property (if required) in time for the open inspection to start.
2. Be courteous – it could get you a good reference
If you like where you live and you didn’t have any intentions of leaving, you’re obviously not going to be thrilled if your landlord puts your home on the market. But there’s no need to be nasty about it.
If you’re courteous and do as the landlord asks, they’ll be happy to recommend you to the next buyer as good tenants and hopefully you’ll be able to stay put without too much disturbance in your life.
3. Look on the bright side
Many tenants feel put out by the expectation to keep their house tidy while their rental home is on the market, but you should look at it as an opportunity to get your life in order.
Clean out your cupboards, throw out anything that is no longer usable, do a few trips to the op shop to drop off any unwanted items that are still in good condition and give the house a thorough cleaning. If you have a positive attitude, it will make the experience less painful.
4. Get everyone to chip in & help
If you live with housemates or with your family, it’s everyone’s responsibility to prepare the property for sale. Many hands make light work, so make sure everyone in the house contributes.
5. Be logical
The more beautiful and maintained you make your landlord’s property appear, the quicker it will sell. This means you will finally know where you stand, if you have to move house, when you have to move house and whether or not negotiating to rent from the new owner is an option.
Story courtesy of realestate.com.au