Getting Rent Ready

Smart Property Management is committed to providing safe, clean, and properly maintained homes to our residents.

In order to comply with the Colorado Warranty of Habitability (Colorado Revised Statutes 38-12- 503), Colorado judicial law, and Smart Property Management standards, the below items must be completed before we will market a property:

  • Property cleaned, and free of trash and debris, inside and outside.
  • HVAC system to be in good operating condition, with a new filter installed, and 4 new filters at the property.
  • All mechanical elements including appliances operating as designed.
  • Caulking in kitchen and bathrooms shall be clean and free of mildew.
  • Doors and locks all functioning properly.
  • Windows must open, close, and lock properly and window screens be in good condition.

Full Rent-Ready Requirements

In order to comply with both internal and state rental housing requirements, including the Colorado Warranty of Habitability Requirements, every property must meet the above and below list in order to be considered “Rent-Ready”:

Exterior Requirements:

  1. Landscaping fresh and clean: Lawn cut and trimmed; weeds pulled; leaves raked
  2. No exterior debris
  3. Window wells have proper covering
  4. Service garage doors; provide proper number of remotes

Interior Requirement:

  1. Professionally cleaned property to “hotel standards”
  2. Carpets professionally cleaned, and looking and smelling fresh
  3. All painted surfaces with no mismatch touch up areas, and repainting must be done corner to corner
  4. All bedroom windows must have some type of covering (e.g. vertical or mini blinds)
  5. All outlets must have covers and have power
  6. No leaks in faucets or exterior spigots
  7. Breaker box is secure, and properly powered and labeled
  8. If vacant, no personal property or items in the unit. This includes furniture, knickknacks, toiletries, kitchen or bathroom items, soap dispenser, pictures, etc.
  9. No lawn equipment including mowers, tools, etc. (unless included in lease)
  10. Garage floor swept
  11. Carbon monoxide detectors installed within 15 feet of each bedroom.
  12. Smoke detector on each floor
  13. Smoke detector in each bedroom
  14. All light fixtures are working with properly working bulbs
  15. Doors open & close smoothly and doorstops installed on all doors
  16. All mechanical components working as designed. Includes HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems, kitchen appliances, laundry appliances, sump pumps, water softeners, sprinkler systems, swamp coolers, gas fireplaces, water filtration systems, etc.
  17. Safety railings secure
  18. Wood-burning fireplace(s), if operational, shall be clean of any debris and have a fireplace screen or heat-proof glass doors installed. If non-operational, the fireplace opening on the interior of the home shall be permanently sealed with an aesthetically pleasing material
  19. Label the main water shut off valve; sprinkler valve


  1. All windows (except basement windows) should have vertical or mini blinds
  2. All windows should have screens
  3. Install braided lines for all faucets and washing machine
  4. Provide Insulated Velcro Sprinkler Backflow Valve Cover for winter use
  5. Gutters cleaned; proper extensions for downspouts
  6. Secure fence lines / posts; secure any gates
  7. This list is not meant to cover every make-ready required item, but it does list some of the most important and often overlooked.