10 Ways To Make Your Property More Appealing To Tenants
Having a property rented out is great – so what can you do to ensure that it gets rented out even faster? Of course by enlisting the help of a good Letting Agent, such as Garabys in Wokingham, should be number one in your priorities – but prior to a potential tenant coming to view the property, there are certain things that you can do to make them feel right at home.
- Get the cleaning gloves on! It may sound obvious, but a prospective tenant might easily be put off by a dirty kitchen worktop, and certainly by an unclean bathroom. We all have various intolerances to sights and smells. So grab the rubber gloves and pay attention to those areas taht you would expect to be spotlessly clean in your own home. Kitchens and bathrooms should sparkle! Make sure that tiles and work surfaces are gleaming, and don’t forget the grouting too. If you have door frames and staircases, make sure that these have been wiped or dusted also.
- Lighting up your property. Lighting can make or break a room – so make the most of mood lighting. Open your curtains for extra light during the day (and the windows too) – and ensure that evening lighting is warm and welcoming. Tenants want to feel at home, and that the house embraces them. Make it appropriate for each room as far as possible – bright and airy in the kitchen and bathroom… and perhaps a little more subdued in the living room and bedrooms.
- Leaks. A prospective tenant can spot a leaking tap a mile off – and they want to be reassured that you pay attention to those little details. Fix those dripping taps and faucets, and if possible get some new modern ones which can bring a kitchen or bathroom up to date quickly. Do also check that your waste pipes inside and outside the property are serviced and working correctly. Unblock any drains.
- Clear the clutter. Try to keep rooms as clear of clutter as possible – such as packing boxes, tools etc. If you can, then it’s a good idea to store the excess equipment outside of the premises.
- Smells. Be aware of unwanted smells. Supermarkets are teeming with various smells, potions and other smellies. Make the use of pot pourri or air fresheners to avoid smells of damp, stuffiness or pets. These are inexpensive, and yet make all the difference.
- Brighten up the place with a coat of paint. If your budget can stretch to it… then do not underestimate the power of a good lick of paint. The interior and exterior will instantly look more appealing, fresher, and cleaner for potential tenants. Do remove all old flakes or fungus before applying though, to ensure that it lasts longer. Certainly do paint any nicotine stained ceilings and walls with bright white emulsion to give a bright and clean impression.
- Keep it neutral. Those deep purple walls with bright green carpet may have been your favourite thing at one time – but tastes vary widely. So give all walls a lick of paint in a pale neutral colour, and the same goes for carpets. Keep your floor coverings simple and plain wherever possible. Potential tenants want to be able to see their own mark on the place – so don’t deprive them of that opportunity
- Presentation is everything. Dress your home to impress. A vase of fresh flowers in the communal areas… a bowl of fruit in the kitchen. Little touches like this can bring your property to life – making people want to live in your property
- Don’t forget the outside areas. If your property has a garden, keep it as well maintained as possible… pathways should be kept weed-free, and watch those overgrowing shrubs. Keep lawns cut back alongside pathways and driveways.
- Check, double check, and triple check. Don’t forget to give your property a good going over before somebody comes for a viewing. First impressions count for everything – so don’t miss the opportunity to present your property at its very best