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Is Your Property Ready to Let?

First impressions really do count when letting your property - so below are some tried and tested tips for letting your property quickly, safely, and for the best return.

Approach

The drive and front garden are important and should be free of litter and well looked after.

Exterior

The front elevation is important as people often drive by first before deciding to view. A coat of paint will help therefore, if it is necessary.

Gardens

This is an area that can often lead to disagreement between the Landlord and Tenant. Unfortunately many Tenants do not have either the interest or the inclination to properly tend to the garden of the property they are renting. Under the terms of the Tenancy Agreement Tenants are required to maintain the garden. However, if the garden is particularly large or detailed in terms of its requirements it may be advisable to arrange for a gardener. The cost of this may be added to the rent and the Tenancy Agreement amended accordingly.

Interior

There is no doubt that an immaculately decorated and fitted property will let faster and for more money than one that isn’t. However it may not be worth doing vast works to improve the interior, depending on the rental value. If one room is redecorated and not the rest of the house this can look odd. Equally if there are obvious faults that can be readily put right it is worth making sure these are attended to.
If you are considering redecorating or re-carpeting, keep colours as neutral and light as possible, so tenants can co-ordinate their own furnishings, and touch-up paintwork if required before they leave.
Smart and clean bathrooms and kitchens really make a difference, showers tend to be preferred.

Appliances

Most properties are let unfurnished however you may wish to leave some appliances in the property. We would recommend where possible that a cooker is left. Any appliances will need to be in good working order with a copy of the user manual to hand. A PAT -(Portable Appliance Test) is required on an annual basis.

Tidiness/Cleanliness

We could recommend that your property is professionally cleaned or cleaned to a professional standard prior to the start of the tenancy. When your tenant prepares to leave it is easier to establish what cleaning is required. A full inventory will be carried out detailing the cleanliness. If you are residing at the property prior to letting or if tenants are still in situ for viewings we would recommend that the property is as tidy as possible to give the best impression.

Light

People react more positively to properties they see that are bright and light so make sure the windows are clean and any blown bulbs or tubes are replaced.

Smell

Smell has more impact that you might think. Placing a few air fresheners around can leave a good impression ,but make sure they are not overwhelming!!

Tenant information pack

We would advise that you put together a folder - including operating manuals, service records and guarantees for the central heating and appliances you are leaving, together with other information you feel will be useful e.g. refuse collection days, details of a local window cleaner, location of stop tap, etc.

Wear and Tear

It is important to note that when letting a property general wear and tear will be inevitable, especially where there is a regular turnover of Tenants. Regular re-decorating and touching up will obviously keep the property in a marketable condition.

Pets

It is at the Landlord's discretion as to whether the property is suitable for pets.
Should you decide to allow pets we will complete an information sheet about each pet, and, if possible, a reference from the current/previous landlord to support the prospective tenant’s application. We can also take a larger deposit to cover any eventualities.

Void Periods

We do not accept any liability for the property whilst empty and therefore it is recommended that if the property is empty at any time during the winter months it may be advisable to take precautions such as leaving the central heating on low or draining the plumbing installation down to avoid frost damage.