Twelve days ago I posted a Craigslist ad announcing House #9 would soon be for rent. I didn't include any photos besides one of the outside since at the time the floors were bare and it was still looking rough. Since then new tile floors have really brightened up the kitchen and laundry room and new carpet on the stairs, hallway and both bathrooms have really spruced things up. I installed a new refrigerator and tried to have a new over-the-range microwave installed, but the installers couldn't figure out how to remove the old one so it was sent back. I managed to remove the old microwave fairly easily and am left with a big open space. Instead of trying to install a new microwave myself, I decided to clean up the wall and add a couple of shelves. I'm also still waiting on the installation of new patio doors.
This morning I am meeting with another potential tenant. If this one doesn't work out I need to take some current photos and re-post my Craigslist ad. It might help to put up a sign in the neighborhood as well. Believe it or not I usually get my properties rented without needing a street sign. I prefer Craigslist because with street signs I have to deal with a lot of crappy inquiries either from people who are just being nosy and have no intentions of renting your place or from those who don't qualify.
My original goal was to have the house rented by October 1st. Since I only closed on the house on September 12th I am still at just under a month so I'm not panicking yet. I know I will meet the perfect tenant soon. Then I can hopefully breathe a sigh of relief and not worry to much about all this debt I took out to buy this house.