Weichert Realtors Village Point
Boca Raton, FL
My one advice I ALWAYS follow....I hold my second visit with them in their current residence. That's where I bring the paperwork. Everyone says they're clean, etc. etc. but seeing is believing. REst assured your property will be in the same condition as this house they're currently living in.
Also, make sure you know tenancy laws in California...how much you can take for a downpayment, terms of a lease vs. a month to month contract....it's not as simple as you might think. In fact, if you've never done it before, either enroll in Rental Housing Association and learn it yourself, or hire someone like Ed Favinger to be your property manager.
In addition to sales of real estate, we also manage rental properties.
If you have a digital camera, take some pictures of your home that include the front, the back, get a street scene.. if a park or school is close by get a picture of that too... and then post them on Craigslist.
If you want to spend a little money, you can buy a webpage at http://www.postlets.com that will allow you to add I think up to 18 pictures. I think the cost of 1 webpage is like $10.00.
You can get a "for rent" sign at Home Depot or Lowes and stick out there in the yard to get some folks that happen to drive by.
Be sure and run the credit of any person over 18 that applys to rent your home.
If you have any more questions, you can contact me at anytime.
I hope this helps....
Make it a great day...
In short, they may be able to do it faster/safer and get you more money as well.