You only get one chance to make a great first impression! When it comes to letting your home, attention to detail could be pivotal in securing the best possible rent –quickly.
Most tenants have a good idea of their preferred location, minimum accommodation needs and ideal style of property. Yet it is often presentation that makes the greatest difference. A well-presented property not only looks more attractive, but also suggests that the landlord cares for it. This in itself can attract a more careful tenant.
So here are a few tips that we hope landlords might find useful:
- A new coat of paint on the front door gives a great first impression.
- Have the carpets professionally cleaned.
- Check that the grouting/sealant in the bathroom is not discoloured.
- A bottle of wine in the fridge suggests that you will be a welcoming landlord!
- Make sure all the lights work and the house is well-lit – even during the day.
- Keep the windows sparkling clean, inside and out.
- Ensure the garden is tidy, lawn mown, leaves cleared away, beds attractive. Screen off any unsightly areas.
- Check and repair any dripping taps, leaking gutters, squeaking hinges, etc.
And if you are currently living in the property you will be renting out:
- A tidy property suggests that storage space is not a problem, so make a point of clearing away any unnecessary clothes, toys, magazines, crockery, etc. You never know when you might have a viewing.
- Go through your house and donate anything you no longer need to charity.
- Avoid hanging too much on the back of doors. Overcrowded hooks prevent doors from opening fully, making rooms look smaller.
- Ensure the temperature in your home is comfortable, not too hot and not too cold.
- Try not to overload prospective tenants with questions on the viewing, there will be plenty of time to carry out your checks and ask questions once a tenant has decided they want to rent your property and to have you as a landlord.
There are many other things you can do, the best way to go about creating a great first impression is to look at your property through the eyes of a tenant – view your own property and make a list of any negatives.