Advertising your Rental Unit in Nanaimo
The way to advertise the rental property will depend on a variety of factors, such as size of unit, age of building, number of bedrooms, location, selling features that separate your unit from the competition.
Photos tell a thousand words and are very important. Ensure that you have some high quality photographs of the exterior, all bedrooms, kitchen and living room.
Most of all ensure that they are an accurate display of what the unit looks like.
Most people use online resources when looking for rentals. Websites like kijiji, Craigslist and UsedNanaimo.com are excellent resources. If you use social media don’t hesitate to post a few photos and let your friends and their followers know of your rental. The power of social media should never be ignored.
You may want to consider creating a separate email account to separate the inquiries. You can create a free Gmail account using Google. This will help you keep the rental inquiries which could be huge from your regular email account.
Examples of what you may want to mention in your ads:
- Location and address
- Number of bedrooms
- Size of unit
- Appliances provided
- Laundry if available
- Whether or not pets allowed
- Whether or not smoking is allowed
- Is the unit wheelchair accessible
- Other features such as outdoor space/ garden space
Once your property is advertised you will have to make yourself available to show it.
You may want to consider an open house where you can advise all interested parties that they can view on a certain day between certain hours. You can have rental applications available at this time which allows you to review, check references and make notes on different applicants that you met. Often you get a “gut feeling” when meeting potential tenants on whether or not you feel they would meet the criteria of a good landlord/tenant relationship.
Do keep in mind you are not permitted to discriminate against tenants based on race, disability, gender, religion, pregnancy, sex or sexual orientation.