Landlords want to fill their vacant units as quickly as possible. You do not want to have to vacant units sitting around because you do not receive any rental income when they are vacant. The quicker you can get a vacant unit rented, the better your cash flow will be. There are many different mediums that you can use to advertise your vacant unit. A recent addition to the best places to advertise a property is Craigslist. Craigslist can be found in almost all major cities in the United States.
Advertising on Craigslist is free. Unlike using the local newspaper, there is no charge to place an ad on Craigslist. With the rise of the Internet, almost all potential tenants are Internet savvy and will use sites like Craigslist when looking for a place to rent. Why not use this to your advantage when posting an ad to advertise your vacancy.
Craigslist allows you to enter HTML code directly into your listing so that you can customize it to your specification. This can include changing the font size, color and the font that is used.
Craigslist allows you to add up to 4 pictures to any advertisement. If you use HTML code, you can embed pictures of the inside and outside of the property directly in the advertisement. This allows you to show more than the 4 pictures that Craigslist allows by default. You can put quite a few pictures in the post.
With the HTML code you can also insert hyperlinks to your rental application or a verification of employment form. This allows tenants to download these forms and have them filled out before they actually visit your property. If they are interested in renting after viewing it, they can give you the paperwork already filled out. Many landlords go a step further and automate the application process on their website. The tenant can submit an application to rent a unit directly from the link you post in your Craigslist advertisement.
By default Craigslist does not all you to embed a YouTube video in an advertisement. The best way to advertise your vacant property is to do a video walk through so that a potential tenant can watch the video and see your property. You can trick Craigslist by doing some quick graphics. You can take a screenshot of your video on YouTube and then edit screen shot in a graphics program. You want to crop the screenshot so that is just showing the video image on the page. Past this graphic in your ad and include a link to the YouTube video. When a person clicks on the graphic in the advertisement, it will redirect them to YouTube so they can watch the video walk through.