First impressions count! This is a saying that we’ve all heard before, and it is especially true when you are trying to attract good quality tenants.
- Tend to the gardens, mow the lawns, and clean the windows, paths, and gutters. Make sure any cobwebs are removed from the eaves.
- Repair or replace any broken or dripping taps, sticking doors, broken light fittings, loose door handles, leaky gutters, torn fly screens and make sure all the light globes are working.
- If you are thinking about painting, only paint those areas that really need it unless you plan on doing the lot. Fresh paint may only make those areas left unpainted look more noticeable. Use light, neutral colours.
- Try to rid your property of any odours that people will notice such as cigarette or pet smells. It is worth having the carpets and curtains professionally cleaned which is not an expensive task, and ensures that the tenants must leave the curtains and carpets as clean as they were when they moved in.
- Ensure that all electrical wiring and powerpoints are safe. This includes any electrical appliances that will be left in the property.
- Make sure that the property is compliant with smoke alarm legislation. A.M. Rutty Estate Agents employ the services of a reputable company who will test your smoke alarms for an annual fee to ensure compliance is met.
- Ensure any swimming pool or spa has a valid certificate of compliance.
- Take out landlord specific insurance on the property, and include public liability. You don’t want a prospective tenant or a guest of a tenant suing you if they injure themselves whilst on the property.
It is always in your best interest to maintain your property throughout a tenancy as well. Happy tenants mean longer term tenancies and will maximise your rental return, plus all repairs are tax deductible. Maintaining your investment is smart investing.