How to make your Home Attractive to Tenants before you Rent It
When you decide to rent your property out to tenants, by just making a few tweaks, you can up its appeal in the eyes of viewers. After all, first impressions count – more than many people realise. In just the blink of an eye, some potential tenants decide as to whether they’ll snap up the property or not. It can be just a few small things that sway them.
Here’s a crucial list as to what to keep your eye on when making your home attractive to tenants.
When it comes to renting or selling your property, the state of your garden really counts. ‘Kerb appeal’ as it’s known (the first impression people get when they come to view your property) is vital. It’s amazing just how much difference just a little bit of weeding can make – ensure that both front and back gardens are tended to and that they’re tidy and well-kept.
This may sound obvious, but it’s not always as straight-forward as it seems. Basically, ensure that your property is very clean and tidy before showing it off. Lingering smells, musty curtains and furniture and dusty surfaces can scare potential tenants away. Perhaps get a professional cleaner in to take care of the place properly?
Get your Electrical Appliances Checked
If you are supplying appliances along with the property, make sure they’re in working order to keep tenants safe. If you don’t, you may have to replace them later – at a cost to you and the tenants. The law states that you have to check gas appliances every 12 months, get this done by a qualified electrician.
If you let your property unfurnished, this can be a win-win for landlords and tenants. The shorter the inventory at the start of the tenancy, the easier it is to assess wear and tear at the end. If you allow the tenant to furnish the property themselves, this gives them the freedom to choose a home that reflects their own personal taste and they can maintain the items to the standard they prefer.
Focus on the Bathroom and Kitchen
It’s well known that a decent bathroom and kitchen can really sell a property. So if yours are in a state of disrepair, get them tidied up fast. Just a few tweaks to the kitchen, like changing the fittings and maybe replacing the cupboards, can help. When it comes to the bathroom, tidying up the grout around the tiles and adding a few accessories, such as mirrors, can really help to brighten up an otherwise dull bathroom.
Remember that people tend to see these two rooms as places of respite, so make them stand out.These are just a few simple tips which make your property more desirable, and which will lead to a faster rental and greater income earned. If you make sure the property is in a beautiful condition, tenants will want to keep it that way too.