Had some tenants in a rental home for nearly 10 years. They finally decided to buy a home. As sad as I was to see them go – it was a good long run – a few bumps along the way – but nothing one could not work through.
The biggest problem I’ve had with these folks over the years – they weren’t the cleanest. So the inside of the house always looked rough, and the yard work seemed to be our every few month call with the tenant answering with these words, “Is this the yard work reminder call?!”
Needless to say, after 10 years, I was expecting to roll up my sleeves and really spend time and money getting the home fixed. On final walk thru day, imagine my surprise when I walked in and no kidding, if I have to change a light bulb I will be surprised. The house was immaculate – painted, cleaned, any damage to walls with nails, etc., repaired, new blinds, I didn’t even recognize the yard it was so clean.
After talking with the tenants, I asked them, “Why, what..really??” They simply responded with a few things that all landlords can learn from:
You always treated us fair – and gave breaks when we needed it.
You just took care of things right away – and never questioned if it was our fault or not.
You never raised our rent.
You sent us cards and other nice surprises over the years.
We could always get you by phone or in person.
You just always treated us nice.
I am not the perfect landlord, and often a reward for being a good landlord doesn’t always come, but when it does – the advice is – do your best, be your best and one day, don’t be surprised when you get surprised!
This blog is written with my opinions and my opinions are presented with accuracy but not guarantees. Please talk to a professional before making any real estate, financial or agency decisions. Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind - 2014. If you want to reprint parts of this - just email me for my permission: KGCProperties@gmail.com .