Property investors and property managers getting ready to market a property should have a plan ready. You’ll want to save time and energy and maximise interest from the best possible tenants. Here’s a checklist of what you can do to get optimal market appeal.

The Basics

  1. Security — changing locks and preparing spare keys
  2. Smoke detectors up to state legislature standards
  3. Good water pressure
  4. Curtains and blinds
  5. Phone and internet connection
  6. Heating and cooling


  1. Clean windows and flyscreens
  2. Remove cobwebs and clean gutters and fittings
  3. Clean mouldy bathroom grouting
  4. Steam clean or dry-clean carpets
  5. Polish floorboards and tiled flooring
  6. Clean curtains and blinds
  7. Empty trash and recycling bins


  1. Broken and burnt out lights
  2. Faulty or damaged appliances
  3. Broken door and window latches
  4. Leaking washers and taps
  5. Broken tiles and chipped paint
  6. Faulty gates and fencing

Other important items to add to your checklist include setting up landlord insurance and organising services and utilities. A landlord insurance policy will cover you for public liability, loss of rent, contents insurance and malicious damages. Check your final readings for gas, telephone, electricity and water and arrange disconnection.