First impressions count: The presentation of your property is essential to ensure a fast and successful let. To make sure your property is presented in the best possible light, consider the following:
- Ensure the front of your property, is presentable as this creates an immediate impact. Wipe down or paint the front door
- Décor should be neutral. A fresh coat of paint where necessary can make a huge difference. But “Stand out from the bland” adding a homely touch or a colour to a room will make it stand out from the monotony of magnolia
- A well lit home is bright, inviting and more spacious. Make sure all light bulbs are working
- Less is more! Rooms with less clutter appear larger
- Carpets should be as plain as possible and in good clean condition. Bathroom and Kitchen floorings should be ceramic tiling, vinyl or laminate, not carpet
- Get those odd jobs done!
- The finishing details should be appropriate for the property to be let. A new build apartment or house dressed with cheap floor coverings, basic paper lamp shades and second hand white goods is not appealing – imagine yourself viewing the property
- Storage is important, try to provide as much as possible
- Try not to allow mail to pile up inside the front door
- Gardens are an important feature, so make sure yours is tidy, well presented and where possible low maintenance
- If you look after the property, your tenants are far more likely to treat the property with respect
Generally speaking, if you are renting to a family, it won’t be their first property so they are more likely to have their own furniture. If you are renting to young professionals they may not be able to afford to furnish a property so it is best to provide basic furniture. Campbell+Dean can advise you on this.
The rental achieved is unlikely to be influenced by the provision of furniture; however it can have an impact on the time taken to let a property. If you are furnishing, remember you are obliged to repair anything that requires attention, so less is more and avoid leaving TVs etc. Furnishings also have to comply with Fire Regulations.
See our Landlord Resources for further information