The Nose Blind Landlord
Being a real estate investor is definitely fun and exciting, but what doesn’t get talked about a lot is the amount of ridiculous smells that we come across. Whether it is the incense that the Tenant burns, or the “incense” that the Tenant burns, or the food smells, etc. There are many times when Tenants will move out of your income unit and you will still find their odor left behind.
For example, in a recent renovation project we were completing we ran across the “cat house”. The previous owner had passed away in the property, and didn’t have many friends and family and because of that there was some extra smell left over. On top of that, he also had at least 15 pet cats that we knew of that all lived inside the home with him. When you would pull up to this house it would smell right from the curb!
No matter how clean our Tenants are, the flooring always seems to take some sort of hit. Whether it is kids or pets, or regular wear and tear, the flooring in our units is one of the most used items. Carpets are one of the most culpable items for keeping smells in your units as well. Carpets may be nice to have when the floors are cold, but it is also a place for dirt to store just keeping that nice fresh smell from your property.
This is often the first thing to do when looking into how to get rid of smells in your rental units.
Spice Up Your Life
We all have those friends where when you go over to their house, it always smells like a beautiful dinner. When you walk into that home you can almost taste the great food that is about to come. However, when all of that food is gone, there seems to always be a smell lingering, and because it was such a great meal, you may not care that it is there. When your next Tenant comes into the income property, they may not agree with your sense of smell though so it is always important to try and get that out as much as possible.
For kitchen equipment, it is important to have it thoroughly cleaned with the proper chemicals to help remove the extra layer of film that might be holding some smells. From there, you will also want to clean your cabinets and countertops and remove any upholstery items that might be in the kitchen area or near.
Save Your Nose
As a Landlord, it could be really important to your nose health to make sure that you mitigate the occurrence of these smells. Once your units are deep cleaned, you will need to make sure that the Tenants who are coming in have clauses in their lease agreement which will prevent some of these smells. For example, adding a non-smoking clause can definitely help with those odors. It could also help to have regular inspections on your units as well to make sure that the Tenants are not doing things that are not accepted in the lease.
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