Rent Ready Standards

We are committed to providing safe, clean, and properly maintained homes to our residents.

  • Property professionally cleaned and free of trash and debris, inside and outside.
  • HVAC system to be in good operating condition, with a new filter installed.
  • All mechanical elements including appliances operating as designed.
  • Caulking in kitchen and bathrooms shall be clean and free of mildew.
  • Doors and locks all functioning properly.
  • Windows must open, close, and lock properly and window screens be in good condition.

Full Rent-Ready Requirements

In order to comply with both internal and state rental housing requirements, including the North Carolina Warranty of Habitability Requirements, every property must meet the below list in order to be fully advertised and be ‘Rent-Ready’.

Requirements:

  1. Re-key all entry doors between each tenant.
  2. Professionally cleaned to ‘Hotel Room Clean’
  3. Carpet professionally cleaned and looking fresh
  4. All painted surfaces fresh with no mis-match touch-up areas and repainting must be done corner to corner.
  5. All bedroom windows must have vertical or mini-blinds
  6. No personal property or items in the unit. This includes furniture, knickknacks, toiletries, shower curtains, Kleenex boxes, kitchen or bathroom items, soap dispenser, pictures, etc.
  7. No lawn equipment including mowers, tools, etc.
  8. Garage floor swept
  9. No exterior debris
  10. Lawn cut and trimmed
  11. Landscaping fresh and clean
  12. Carbon monoxide detectors installed within 15 feet of each bedroom. ONLY wall mounted, NO plug-in units.
  13. Smoke detector on each floor
  14. Smoke detector in each bedroom
  15. All light bulbs working
  16. Doors open & close smoothly and doorstops installed on all doors
    Bathroom caulking must be fresh and free of any mildew
  17. All mechanical components working as designed. Includes HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems, kitchen appliances, laundry appliances, sump pumps, water softeners, sprinkler systems, swamp coolers, gas fireplaces, water filtration systems, etc.
  18. Safety railings secure
  19. Wood-burning fireplace(s), if operational, shall be clean of any debris and have a fireplace screen or heat-proof glass doors installed. If non-operational, the fireplace opening on the interior of the home shall be permanently sealed with an aesthetically pleasing material.

Recommendations:

  1. All windows (except basement windows) should have vertical or mini blinds.
  2. No draperies on windows
  3. All windows should have screens

This list is not meant to cover each and make-ready required item, but it does list some of the most important and often overlooked.

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