Right now, almost every facet of our lives has been thrown into flux. Nothing is quite what we had ever expected it to be and things are definitely confusing. Regardless of your stance on things, the fact remains that some people are doing what they can to take extra precautions to help prevent any sort of illness. This even includes the standard sicknesses we see every year as flu season begins to show up again. However, with all of this happening there are a few good things that have come out of it all that can really help you and any possible future tenants you may be interested in.
One of the things that we have seen explode lately is the use of online meeting places. Programs that allow for video conferences are booming and it isn't difficult to see why. In fact, it may seem odd that we never used these things before! People are using them for everything from school to family meetings to game nights with friends, and there's nothing saying that you can't use them too. As a person who owns at least one rental property, you need to find someone to rent it out. It may be much easier to find the time to have a virtual meeting with someone that is interested in your unit than it would be to have a traditional, in person meeting.
When it comes to different kinds of meetings, it can't hurt you to be flexible. Sometimes people are moving from far away or they have other reasons why travel may be difficult. Requiring an in person meeting may be the reason that you lose out on an otherwise wonderful tenant. This often happens when people are made to move for work and need to go several states away. Although we understand how important it is to get things like signatures and such, even that can be done electronically now. Technology has progressed to a point where this is an option, so there's no reason to not explore it!
If you are a rental property owner, we suggest giving some thought to the possibility of allowing virtual meetings. You never know when you're going to find a great tenant who simply can't meet with you in person for a completely viable reason. If you allow a virtual meeting to take the place of an in person one, you may just find the best tenant you have ever had, so give it a try today!