Many landlords aren’t very creative when it comes to advertising rentals. When you have a vacancy, it doesn’t need to cost you much to find a new tenant. But if you want to fill that vacancy quickly, you should be using multiple advertising methods.

For Rent signs. This is the first step you should take. This attracts people looking in your specific location. Put up a large for rent sign in front of the property. This works best if the street has a lot of foot and vehicle traffic. If the property is back in a neighborhood, look for an opportunity to place a sign outside of the neighborhood on an adjacent arterial street. Even signs in rural areas that are placed close to streets with the most traffic can be effective.

Online listings are your second choice. There are at least two online listings that you want to post to and maybe more. Start with your local newspaper. I suppose there is still a local newspaper out there that hasn’t gone online but there certainly aren’t many. Some offer free online postings but most want a small fee of about a dollar or two a day. Don’t forget the large national listing services like craigslist and Zillow. When it comes to renting a property, both of those have more online traffic than the local newspaper. Also, think about specialty housing. If you usually rent to college students, you should look into placing an ad with the school newspaper. With online advertising, you need to repost the ad on a regular basis (every other day) to…