Even if you bought your Beacon Hill home to live in rather than as an income property, you may end up renting out your condominium at some point. 

Here’s how you can get your Boston condo ready for renters. While it may seem like a lot of work and a moderate amount of money, it’s well worth it. Good tenants are attracted to well maintained, trouble-free properties, and good tenants are hopefully the only kind you’ll ever have to deal with.

Tackle the interior of your Beacon Hill Apartment

Start at the top of the interior of your Beacon Hill apartment and work your way down.

At the very least, you should wash all the walls and ceilings of your home before you put it on the Beacon Hill apartment rental market. Deal with potential problem areas that need to be dealt with, whether it’s drywall or plaster repairs, paint touch-ups, or, worst-case scenarios, a leaky pipe, or insufficient ventilation.

Wash curtains or blinds. Vertical or wooden blinds may not be removable, but they can still be vacuumed or sponged. Wash the interiors of your windows.

If you can afford to have the interior repainted in neutral colors from top to bottom.

Check all the appliances that come with the house to make sure they’re in working order and if you can find them, set the manuals aside in a dedicated kitchen drawer. Test and put new batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and make sure you have working fire extinguishers.

If all this seems overwhelming or you find you’re having frequent renter turnover, you might want to consider hiring a property management firm to deal with tenant complaints, repairs, and maintenance. It will cost you 10 to 15 percent of your total rental income, but it may buy you peace of mind. Interview several property managers and ask for references from tradespeople they use as well as other property owners. 

Originally Boston Real Estate Blog Post