The goal of every Landlord is for them to have a paying tenant occupying their property. Some properties only take a little time while others could take a longer period, and most of the time, this is not because there are no prospective tenants in the market, but the state of the property. Here are ten useful tips to help you get tenants for your property quickly:
- Ensure that the property is clean
This sounds like a common advice, but it remains one of the best ways to make your property appeal more to potential tenants. Prospective tenants are often attracted to the kitchen first, so start the clean up from there and do not leave out the bathrooms too!
- Clear Clutter
Potential tenants can be turned off by an untidy interior. Before you begin showing people around the property make sure things are tidied up, which will make the place appear bigger ready to move into.
- Increase your kerb appeal
It's not just enough to have an attractive and tidy interior. The outside is the first place potential tenants will see. Ensure that the exterior of the property is as appealing as possible. Tidy the garden and paint the doors to give them a new look.
- Attend to any maintenance issues as soon as possible
Nearly every potential tenant will be discouraged when they find out that the property is still undergoing some maintenance work. Do the necessary repairs such as screwing the door handle back in place, fixing that leak, replacing the sealant around the bath, and so on. You can locate your local trusted tradesmen by searching the TrustMark's database. https://www.trustmark.org.uk/
- Redecorate or paint where needed
Doing a revamp of the paintwork and décor of a property isn't expensive, yet it can upgrade its look significantly. Doing things such as putting colourful cushions on the sofas or towels in the bathroom can make a big difference.
- Review your furniture
Ensure that the furniture is up to the expected standard. Outdated or funny looking furniture is only going to be a turn-off. Improving the standard of your furniture can go a long way in helping to attain a higher rent.
- Let some light in
Everyone, including tenants, loves natural light. Ensure the curtains are open when prospective tenants come to view the property so that they have a good first impression about the place. For those who view in the evening, make sure all light bulbs are working perfectly.
- Let your agents handle the viewings
If you've engaged the services of a letting agent, use their professional service. Agents are often willing to help you carry out short notice viewings. Don't pass on the opportunity by not handing them a key.
- Allow a board
This should not cost anything as it is part of the agent's services to erect a 'To Let' board. With all the options available from technological innovations, a good old-fashioned board is still worth its weight in gold.
- Ensure that your current tenant is happy
If you are advertising your property while the current tenant is still living there, ensure that you notify them at least 24 hours ahead of a viewing. You wouldn't want a situation where current occupants will be pointing out damaged pipes and unfixed leaks. Maintain a healthy relationship with occupants and encourage them not to cringe at viewings, as well as keep the property clean.
So what's the next step? Consider the above tips and see if you need to implement anything. If you adopt them all, your property should not only let quickly but command a higher rent. Looking after your property pays off in many ways.
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Paul Long (Director & Author of The Sidcup Property Blog)