The crucial thing to most landlords is that their property is occupied by a paying tenant. Some properties do take longer to let than others, and often this isn’t down to a lack of potential tenants in the market place, but the condition of the property. Here are 10 simple steps to help you get your property let quickly:
Make sure the property is clean
It sounds obvious, but one of the easiest ways to make your property look more appealing is to ensure it’s clean and tidy when people come to view it. The kitchen will often be one of the main areas of attention, so start in there and don't forget the bathrooms!
An untidy interior can put prospective tenants off. Before you show people around the property have a good tidy up, it will make the space look bigger and ready to move into.
Increase your curb appeal
So the interior looks shiny and new, but what about the outside? Don’t put off potential tenants before they’ve even set foot inside. Try to make the property’s exterior look as inviting as possible; tend to the garden and give the door a new coat of paint.
Sort out any maintenance issues as soon as possible
There is nothing more off-putting to potential tenants than unfinished maintenance work. Fix that leak, screw the door handle back in place and replace the sealant around the bath. These are just some examples of the small jobs that can make a huge difference. It's also important to make sure that you and your tenants are clear on who is responsible for repairs. To find your local trusted tradesmen, search TrustMark's database.
Paint or redecorate where needed
Refreshing the décor and paintwork of a property can be relatively cheap and easy, yet can make it look brand new. Add interest with colour in the soft furnishings. Colourful cushions on the sofa or towels in the bathroom can make a subtle impact.
Review your furniture
If your property is furnished, make sure it is up to standard. Scruffy, dirty and generally old-looking furniture isn’t going to impress tenants very much. Improving the standards of furniture can also help to attain a higher rent.
Let some light in
Natural light is a huge appeal to tenants. Make sure when people come round to view that the curtains are already open so that the first impression is of a nice, bright space. If people come for viewings in the evening, will they be able to see everything? Make sure all light bulbs are in working order.
Let your letting agent do the viewings
If you’re using a letting agent, take advantage of the services they offer. Agents are often available to conduct short notice viewings on your behalf. Don't miss out on opportunities by not giving them a key
Allow a 'to let' board
This shouldn’t cost you a penny as your agent will be able to put up one of their readily available ‘to let’ boards. Even with all the technological advancements in property marketing, you’ll be surprised how much interest a good old-fashioned board can drum up.
Keep your current tenant happy
If you’re advertising a property whilst the current tenant is still living there, make sure you give them at least 24 hours’ notice of a viewing. The last thing you want as a viewer is for the current occupant to be pointing out unfixed leaks and broken washing machines. Keep them happy and build a strong relationship to encourage them to be flexible with viewings, as well as keeping the place clean and tidy.
So what should you do next? Take a look at your property and see if any of the above tips need to be implemented. If you take them all on board your property should let not just quickly, but at the highest possible rent. Care and attention with your property literally pays off.
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