RentalWIZ User's Guide
The RentalWIZ program is meant to be used in conjunction with the Tenant
File. All of the information and details of
the rental properties you manage with the Tenant File is used by the
RentalWIZ software. Primarily, the 'Features' section of the Tenant
File, which contains Interior and Exterior features plus the images and
photos linked to each rental unit, is the main source of information.
However, if you have not already completed that information or linked
photos to your rentals, you can still do that within the RentalWIZ
To get started, you first need to set up an account for the RentalWIZ
service. After that, you will then
be able to download the RentalWIZ software from the Internet. It is a
small file that will install quickly on your computer. It must be
installed into the same folder as your Tenant File software. When your account
is set up, you will have an 'Account ID' to enter into the RentalWIZ
Additionally, if you have the enhanced version of the RentalWIZ program, you'll be given a special code to type into the following screen. The 'basic' free version allows 1 photo, a maximum of 3 concurrent listings, and does not include the flyer creation feature.
|Setting up your account:
Go to: Preferences > Account Settings
is the Account Information screen. Simply enter the Account ID assigned
to you, and fill in the rest of the information. Your Account ID will be
part of the URL for your free web page on the 'Rental Homes Available'
Much of this information will be made public on your web page, so be
sure to use the phone numbers and email address you want to give your
prospective tenants. Same with the address, make sure it is the mailing
address that you would want your prospective tenants to contact.
If you have a company logo on your website, provide the URL for that
logo. You can find the URL by going to your website, right-clicking on
the image, and copying the image URL.
The 'Default Ad Title' will show up on each listing and is basically
a short descriptive line that describes ALL of your properties. Be sure
to use any 'keywords' in this line that will help search engines find
your web page easily.
The 'Descriptive Location' will only show up at the top of each web
page directly under the heading 'Property Listings'. This is an
important place to use keywords, such as the general area of your
listings. An example would be 'Homes for rent in Austin Texas',
'Townhomes in the Greater Houston area', or 'Beautiful Vacation Condos
in Destin Beach'.
|Transfer your Photos into the RentalWIZ program
Go to: Miscellaneous > Link Image or File
If you have not already linked your photos in the main Tenant File
software (in the Features section) you can still do it here. If the
photo is already in the Tenant File software, you can skip this step.
find a photo anywhere on your computer, link it to a specific rental
unit, and then copy it to the Tenant File folder under the 'Graphics'
folder. Your original photo will not be affected.
Be sure that you upload at least 5 photos for each rental if you are
going to create a flyer. You will only need one for the web page ad. We
suggest that you have a photo of the entire house, the living room, the
kitchen, a bedroom, and an exterior photo at the minimum.
Just follow the simple directions on the screen and you will have
your images ready for the RentalWIZ service in a short time.
Step 1: Click 'Choose File' and browse to any graphic
image (jpg, gif or bmp) on your computer.
Step 2: Choose 'Unit Address'
Step 3: Name the file. Choose a short name that is descriptive
of the photo itself. Don't include the rental address or any characters
other than alphabet letters or numbers.
Now, click the 'Select Link' button to choose which rental
unit this photo is to be linked to.
That's it, now the photo is linked to the Tenant File. The next step
will be to upload the photo to the RentalWIZ website.
|Transfer the Photos to your Web Page
Go to: Miscellaneous > Upload Photos
Now that the photos are in the RentalWIZ program on your local
computer, you need to upload them to your web page.
Step One: Just click the down arrow and choose the rental unit
address for this photo.
Step Two: If the displayed photo in the large box to the right
is not the right photo, use the '< Previous Photo' or the 'Next Photo >'
button to browse to the right photo.
Now, click the 'Resize Photo' button, then click the
'Upload Displayed Photo Now' button to make the transfer.
You really only need to upload the photos for the units that you will
be selecting to rent or sell in the next step.
|Upload the Vacancy and Features information to your Web Page
Go to: Show Rentals
This is where you decide which rentals to upload, and enter any
additional information. First, take a look at the 'Display' option button on
Here are the choices on the 'Display' button:
1. Vacancies: this will display a list of all the currently
VACANT units in the Tenant File program.
2. Move Out: this will display a list of all tenants that
are going to move out by a specific date. You will be shown a field
where you can enter that date. The 'Move
Out' information is taken from the 'Move Out' date that is in the Tenant
3. Expired: this will display a list of all tenant with
leases that are or will be expiring as of a specific date. You will be
show a field where you can enter that specific lease expiration date.
4. All: this will display all tenants so that you can pick
from the entire list of your rental properties.
Next, you will click on one or more rows on the grid at the top.
To select one row: Click the small button to the left of the Owner
To select multiple rows: Hold down your Ctrl key (on your keyboard)
while clicking on a row.
To select a group of rows: Select a single row, hold down your Shift key
(on your keyboard), the select the last row with your mouse.
you click on each single rental address, you will see the Features that
are set up for that particular rental unit. If you need to edit or add
more 'features', you can click on the 'Edit Features' button and work on
the selected unit. The 'Description' field (which comes from 'Features'
also, is very important and is prominently displayed on your web page.
At the bottom of the screen, be sure to make entries that apply to
all rental units. You can use the 'Year Built' field if you are only
uploading a specific rental address, otherwise leave it blank. However,
make sure you select the 'Property Type' and 'Status' for the rentals
you are uploading.
Once everything is OK, just click on the 'Create Listing'
button, which will upload all the information to your web page
instantly. (Make absolutely sure that you are already connected to the
Internet before clicking the button). Then to see the listing you just
created, click the 'Go to Listing Website'. If anything does not
look right you can make the changes and upload the information again.
Note: Each time you use 'Create Listing' it will overwrite (not 'add
to') the previous listing. So be sure you upload all of your listings at
When the listing looks good on the website, click on the 'Syndicate Selections to
the Web', which will upload the same information to the syndicated
search engines, such as Google Base and Zillow.
Note: You must create your listing and syndicate to the web in
the same session, because your selections and some settings on this
screen are not saved. If you exit, you will have to set up the choices
Create Craigslist Ad: This will create the HTML code that you
can paste into your Craigslist ad. You will need to follow the steps on
Craigslist to create a new ad, then paste the code provided into the
'description' part of the ad. Your add will look like your web page
|Here is a Sample Web Page Listing:
is a sample of the listing that will appear on your own web page. There
is no limit to the number of listings you can have.
You can link to this page from your own website, emails, or blogs.
You company logo can be inserted at the top left and your company
information is on the top right.
This is also the same ad that will appear in your Craigslist ad by
simply 'pasting' the RentalWIZ generated code into the ad.
|Creating a Flyer
Go to: Flyers
a flyer is very easy, because all of the information has already been
entered into the Tenant File or the RentalWIZ software.
All you have to do is to choose the
photos. You don't have to have 4 photos, but that will leave a blank
area on your flyer.
Simply, choose the rental unit address and the available photos will
be displayed. Then select the photo position in one of the drop down
boxes below the desired photo.
If you want to start over, just clear one or more of the photos by
using the 'Clear Pictures' selection.
When you are ready, click on the 'Create New Flyer Now' button and
your flyer will be created.
To see your current flyer, click the 'Show Current Flyer' button. To print the flyer, click thek 'Print Current Flyer' button. This flyer is in HTML format, so you can upload it to the Internet for display if desired.
|Here is a Sample Flyer:
Go To: Flyers
Here is a sample of the RentalWIZ flyer that is created. You can use this flyer in your advertising. Since it is created using HTML code, you can upload it to the Internet as well.
The possibilities for it's use are unlimited and you are free to use it however you wish.
|IMPORTANT INFO ON HOW TO GET YOUR LISTING SHOWN ON
GOOGLE AND OTHER SEARCH ENGINES
that happen requires making your listing 'search engine friendly' using
keywords. This is called 'Search Engine Optimization' or SEO for short.
You have to think about what words a typical potential tenant will type
to find a rental in your area, and use those 'keywords' frequently. Here
are some tips on how to get your listings noticed:
1. Make sure you complete all of the account
information. This is important contact info that will show in your
listing, such as your company name, email address, and phone numbers.
2. Be especially sure to enter the 'Descriptive
Location' under the Account Information. This shows at the top of your
listing page, and is VERY important in SEO. We suggest that you be as
specific as possible as in 'Excellent Rental Homes in Katy and southwest
Houston TX' (your keywords are: rental homes, Katy, southwest Houston,
3. Equally as important, create a good 'Default Ad
Title', which repeats above each listing. So it must be something common
to all rentals. It doesn't hurt to repeat the location again such as 'Residental
Furnished Rentals in Houston Texas'. Notice the keywords 'Residential',
'Furnished', and 'Houston Texas'? (The state is 'spelled out' in this
line on purpose)
4. The first thing the visitor notices are the
photos (images). Make sure that you use 2 good photos if possible, and
that they show 2 different selling points that the renter will be most
interested in, such as the front exterior, and maybe the kitchen or
5. Sometimes overlooked is one of the most
important selling points - the detailed description of the rental. This
is entered under 'Features' in the Tenant File in the upper right corner
(it can also be added in the RentalWIZ program, too). You have a great
opportunity to go into detail answering the questions that you'll have
to answer anyway when they call you. This includes using compelling
words such as 'beautiful', 'lovely', 'spacious', and 'roomy'. Talk in
detail about the property, such as amenities, exterior features, the
schools and shopping, fencing, security, and more. Even though amenities
are 'listing' at the bottom of the ad, here is your chance to elaborate.
Don't forget SEO here, either, so be sure to add keywords like the city,
state, region, suburb, furnished or not, number of stories, and other
keywords the 'searcher' might type. For example, if they type 'one story
furnished rental near Katy TX' your listing will be found, if you have
good SEO using those keywords.
6. Be sure that you have entered the address
information correctly. The RentalWIZ program uses the 'Unit Address or
Apartment Number' field (under UNIT) in the Tenant File for the rental
'address', but gets the 'City, St, and Zip' from the PROPERTY
information. Be sure you have entered those correctly or the Google map
to your property won't show, or even worse, some of the distribution
partners won't display your listing if the address, city, state and zip
are not entered correctly. You should verify that all of your addresses
are valid addresses recognized by the US Postal Service. Here is a free
link where you can validate any rental address for accuracy:
extremely important, so don't skip this step!
Thank you for using the RentalWIZ service!