There is a lot to do and plenty to think about before you rent out your property. First impressions count for everything even when it comes to houses, so it’s vital that your humble abode looks its best for promising tenants. Sustaining this status for all your viewings will give you the best chance of renting your houses and achieving the best possible cost.
The external view
This is the first view your promising tenants will have of your house, so you should focus on optimizing its look. Remember to have these all finished before the agent takes the images for advertising.
- Clean down the front door and make certain the house number is apparently evident
- Tidy up the front and back garden (weed, trim hedges, add some new plants if essential, clear any dead or unsightly plants, mow and rectify any damaged lawn)
- Rectify chinks, apertures or blemishes in the driveway or partitions
- Give the window frames and door a lick of decorate if they need it
- Keep garbage and rubbish bins out of view
- Clean thoroughly from top to bottom – carpets, levels, windows, fixtures and fittings
- De-clutter and create more space by moving some furniture into storage, neat away or eliminate pointless things such as books and ‘knick-knacks’. Clear out cupboards and wardrobes of non-essential items
- Make secondary fixes – rectify leaky taps and chinks in the partitions, replace broken or crooked tiles, restore burned-out light bulbs and make sure everything works!
- Eradicate obnoxious odours like pet stinks and tobacco fumes
- Decorate rooms if needed – a quick outer garment of decorate can re-energize the appearance of a room.
Make sure all facets in your house are in good conditions and meet all of the required standards to give you the best chance of finding the right tenants and accomplishing the best price. It may appear like a lot of work, but with time, power and even a bit of cash spent now, it could really make the distinction to how rapidly you rent out your property and how much lease you can charge. The rental market is highly competitive and tenants can afford to be choosy so set the right impression from the start.