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How Long Will it Take to Rent Out My Home in San Antonio?

Shannon Ives - Friday, February 15, 2019

As professional San Antonio property managers, there is one particular question that we often hear. That question is this: How long will it take to rent out my home? 

Today, we’re answering that question for anyone who is thinking about renting out a property. There are a couple of important factors to keep in mind.

Make Your San Antonio Property Rent-Ready

Make sure your property is rent-ready. This is the critical first step to getting the home rented out quickly to excellent tenants. You want to have the property professionally cleaned before you list it on the market. You also want to make sure it’s free of clutter. Anything left behind by former tenants must be removed. The prospective residents who come to see the property will want to envision themselves living there. That will be hard to do if there’s dirt and debris. 

Before you list your rental property, you also need to make sure it’s up to code. If you’re not familiar with the Texas Property Code, this is a good time to research it. You’ll need to install fire alarms in all the bedrooms, and you may need carbon monoxide detectors as well. To be code compliant, your exterior doors need deadbolts and peepholes. When you work with a professional property management company, we can handle all of these code requirements for you. You’ll need to limit your liability by doing all the things that are required.

Season Can Affect Vacancy

The rental market is incredibly seasonal. When you’re wondering how long it will take you to rent out your property, you need to keep in mind the time of year. During some times of the year, particularly the holidays, the rental market moves a little slower. When you’re planning to put your home up for rent, remember that tenants are usually more willing to move in the spring and the summer, making those seasons the best time to rent out a property.

Good Communication Means Faster Tenant Placement

Communication between owners and property managers is essential. When you’re renting out your home, we need to have good contact information for you. We’ll also want to know how you prefer to communicate. When we’re trying to reach owners, we’re always happy to text, email, or make phone calls. If you can help us communicate transparently and quickly, we can get things done quickly and your home off the market. It’s important that we can communicate during the marketing of your home, the showing process, and the application and screening process. 

On average, our properties are being rented within three to six weeks of going onto the market. There are variables, of course, but with our effective pricing, marketing strategies, and understanding of the local San Antonio rental market, we can often rent your home in about a month. If you have any questions about renting out your property, please contact us at HomeRiver Group San Antonio. We’d be happy to help you with the leasing and management of your home.