First impressions are critical when a prospective tenant inspects your property. A good property manager will insist your property has been thoroughly cleaned before allowing tenants move in.
Here are a few tips.
check your presentation.
The moment a prospective tenant approaches your property, they will make an instant judgment and with the right advice, it will be a positive one.
• recently renovated properties are more likely to achieve maximum return than those unrenovated in the same area.
• tend to the gardens, mow the lawns and clean the windows, paths gutters and outside paint work. These things are seen from the street, you do not want tenants to dismiss your property before getting to the front door.
• repair or replace leaking taps, sticking doors, broken light fittings, loose door handles, rotten floorboards, leaky gutters and torn flyscreens.
• if you are thinking about painting, keep the colours neutral.
• get rid of odours such as cigarette smoke or pet smells - you may need to have the carpets or curtains cleaned.
• open curtains on inspection to let the sun inside - it will also make the rooms look bigger.
• ensure all electrical and power points are safe and hazard free.
fixtures and fittings.
Practical and comfortable options will make your tenant want to stay.
• air conditioning brings a significant advantage as does adequate heating.
• the best option for floor coverings are polished wood or tiles. Choose modern type, short “brush-pile‘ or ‘loop-pile’ carpet.
• clean window furnishings, light covers etc.
• smoke detectors are compulsory in rental properties.
Storage is important to tenants. The addition of an outside shed or storage area would be seen as a great advantage.