EH: The PM took the photos. I realize the view of the front isn’t great, but we’re not going to cut down the tree, and other angles of the house aren’t great, either.
The only appliance shown in photos is the stove, and I agree it’s dated and should be replaced. Try telling my husband that! If the PM had advised replacing it, he would’ve done it. When the wife advises replacing it, he ignores it. We spent thousands on new roof, concrete patio, new siding, paint, etc. – but he balks at spending $150 on an “almost-new” stove. Go figure. (Sorry for venting here, but thanks for “listening.”)
The tile is pet-friendly and easy to keep clean. I used to be a wall-to-wall carpet person myself until I moved into a house with lots of tile 4 years ago – I totally prefer tile to carpet now. And I’ve read that, given the option of new carpet or tile, prospective tenants will often choose tile. The PM seemed to like the fact that it had a lot of tile. But I am a rookie at landlording so do appreciate your feedback.
Bluemoon: The “condition” is good, but could be made better with more money, of course. We’re not looking to compete with new or totally remodeled houses – we just don’t have the budget for that, and got such a good deal on the house that we didn’t feel it necessary to go for the higher end of the rental market.
Our PM made it clear that newer/remodeled properties would rent for more money, even if less square footage.
We did check out the PM company (and others) before signing with them. So did our real estate agent, who was unfamiliar with Sacramento PM agencies (but handles rentals as well as sales herself in her area). She made some calls, and also posed as a prospective tenant – and told us she was very impressed with their customer service and recommended we hire them.
I don’t know what the average time to find a tenant is in the Sacramento area, but will do more research on that… and also look into other PM companies if I find any indication that they’re not doing all they can to find us a tenant.
Lowering the rent yet again is another option, as well. I’m just not sure how long to test an amount before deciding it’s still too high.
Thank you all for your advice!