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Lease Your Property Faster: Staging and Touring Tips

Columbia Property Manager Staging a RentalAs a Columbia rental property owner, leasing your property demands more than just advertising and screening tenants. A major component of promptly finding new tenants is employing excellent strategies for staging and showing your rental. While the infrequent vacancy and property showing may be part of owning a rental house, that doesn’t indicate these activities must be lengthy or take up a great deal of your time. Rather, employ these staging and touring tips to get your property leased faster.

Give Proper Notice

Initially, if you currently have a tenant, it’s important to prepare them for the disturbance of showing the property. Other tenants may not like having people walking through their home, even if their lease requires them to comply. You can encourage your tenants to be willing participants in the process by employing clear, positive communication and showing concern for their privacy and time. They may even be eager to guarantee that the house is neat through great tenant relationships before you bring prospective tenants over for a tour.

Choose Your Moment

Even if you have a tenant in residence or not, it is necessary to put some thought and effort into how the property appears before bringing prospective tenants to visit. If your current tenant happens to be messy or is in the midst of moving, it may not be the perfect time to set up showings. It’s necessary to know your tenant well enough to decide whether to wait until they move out to show the place to others.

Staging for Maximum Appeal

Undoubtedly, an empty rental house doesn’t show as well as one that is furnished. It may be difficult for people to obtain an accurate impression of the size of rooms and how well their own belongings will fit when sitting in an unfilled space. Due to that, it’s a good idea to stage the rental house with at least a few furnishings to give the interior some dimension.

Utilizing a current tenant’s furniture may be the easiest step to stage a rental house. But too much stuff, mostly personal belongings, can obstruct an effective showing. Adding a little table and chairs in the dining area is a relatively uncomplicated approach to achieve this. In this fashion, the furniture can help prospective tenants get an exact feel for the size of each room.

You may want to discover renting or borrowing some items to place in the rental just for show. There’s no need to go too big or include too much when you stage a rental home. Other furnishings and maybe a decorative touch or two to bring visual beauty and color can help prospective tenants better visualize themselves living in the space. In return, that may help you to lease the property earlier, saving you both time and lost rental income.

Ensure Security

While you are staging and showing property, keep in mind taking precautions to ensure the security of both your property and your current tenant’s belongings if any. It would be great if you accompanied anyone touring the rental property. You should also take the initiative to ensure that doors and windows are all locked before you leave, mainly if your tenant is not at home at the time of the showing. Ultimately, it’s imperative to reassure a current tenant of the actions you will take to prevent theft and safeguard their security and privacy.


There is no question that staging and showing a rental house takes both time and effort. Yet, there is no need for you to do it yourself. To free up your time and give yourself peace of mind, consider contacting Real Property Management Metro. Our Columbia property management professionals offer the full range of quality services you and your rental property need. You can call us at 410-290-3285 or contact us online.

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