While many military moves take place between May and September, there are still thousands of service members across the country that will move during the winter months either by choice (locally) or for a PCS. If you have an upcoming vacancy, a little preparation now will help to fill those vacancies fast!
Service members moving in the winter typically have an accelerated time table. Between the holidays, school schedules and winter weather, everyone involved wants to get settled quickly. Effective communication, planning, and understanding their situation can make your available rental the most attractive option.
Even the best listing won’t get your property filled on its own. How you handle the process from initial inquiry to signing the lease/contract will have a tremendous impact. For the long distance home searcher, the ability to create a smooth exchange of information is particularly invaluable! Know what information you consistently need to convey to potential tenants/home buyers and keep those documents and files easily accessible via a file sharing service like Dropbox.
One of the main concerns for service members with families during a winter PCS is a smooth transition to new schools. Be prepared for prospective tenants questions with a quick phone call or Google search to gather information on dates for winter break, contact information for transfer details and any informational materials the school district produces. Answering those questions will set the tone for a productive and professional relationship. It also makes your rental the easiest option if the service member doesn’t have to do as much research on their own!
Utilities + Winter Weather
At many duty stations, winter weather means higher than average utility bills and necessary maintenance like protecting sprinkler systems. Make your home even more attractive by including tools like de-icer or snow shovels, little items that can make it easier for the military member and their family during transition.
Help prospective tenants who are apprehensive about the weather and its impact by including information about the severity and extent of winter weather, including links to resources about how to successfully manage.