Now that you have decided to rent out your property you’ll want to maximise the letting potential by making sure you address the condition, the quality of the presentation and attention to detail.
The most important thing to remember is that you are not going to be the one living in the property, so your personal taste should take second place to what the market demands.
Better properties tend to attract better tenants and yield the highest rents.
Exterior: The first thing that a potential tenant sees is the front of the property, so the exterior should be in good order. Any pathways and driveways should be cleared of weeds and should be tidy, presentable and rubbish free. Trim hedges, mow the lawn, repair any cracks, holes or blemishes or walls and make sure the house number is clearly visible.
If you are letting a garage with the property, this should also be cleared and made ready for use. The garden should also be tidy and presented in an attractive manner, dig up any dead or unsightly plants and if possible add some new ones.
Utility Services: Ensure that all available utilities are connected to the property including, telephone line, gas, water and electricity. Where provided, check any LPG/OIL tanks are in working condition and full and that any septic tanks attached to the property are emptied.
Furnishings: Your property can be let fully furnished, part furnished or unfurnished, this will be entirely up to you. We can advise you at the time on whether to furnish or not, and to what level. You’ll find that most tenants prefer plain, neutral colours for decoration and you will also need to take into consideration wear and tear, especially on carpets. Carpets should be good quality, practical and hard wearing, it may also be appropriate to fit wooden floors in some of the rooms. Whatever you decide, it should be robust enough to last.
Bathrooms should have a good quality shower, and Kitchens, ideally, will be well equipped and functional. Again, good quality is important in these areas.
ALL electrical, plumbing, waste, central heating and hot water systems MUST be safe, sound and in good working order.
Any instruction/operating manuals for any appliances and electrical equipment should be left in the property. Details of any maintenance contracts should also be supplied.
Before the commencement of a tenancy the whole property should be made clean throughout.