19th May 2018
Q: I have just brought a property and I want to make sure it is ready for tenants. Do I just need to get a clean done?
A: Preparing your property for tenants is of the utmost importance, as failing to do so gives the impression that you may not care as a landlord. Good presentation increases the value and let-ability of your property and first impressions count! If the property is in bad condition during a viewing, there’s not much of a chance that the tenant will want to live there unless they have the ability to see past this. Preparing your property for tenants may seem an easy task, such as a quick clean, but actually this is no small task. Preparing a property is about a lot more than just cleaning it.
The best place to start is normally with the decor of the property, unless you are amongst the lucky few that have just brought a ready to go apartment. A word of warning, if you are decorating you have to pay no attention whatsoever to your own personal tastes, as what you may like someone might not! So, strong colours and patterns are a no-go.
Bathrooms and kitchens should also have neutral décor, and should have all appliances and installations working. Make sure you check that everything such as fridges and ovens work in the kitchen and that all of the taps in the bathrooms are running as normal. One of the most common faults that tenants find in their properties after moving in, is that the shower doesn’t work.
Central heating may need to be looked at if the boiler is over ten years old and has failed more than twice. Remember, if a boiler begins to need repairs it is likely that it will continue. It’s nearly always cheaper to replace a boiler as soon as it begins to need repairs, instead of forking out for multiple repair costs, and then replacing it at the end.
As an overall rule everything in the property should be as clean as it can possibly be, even during viewings. It may seem like common sense to most people, but you would be surprised at the number of tenants that have viewed houses with dirty countertops or baths, amongst other things.
Aside from the look and cleanliness of the property, it is imperative that you and your property have met all the legal requirements before it is let out. No matter what your experience, it is totally normal to feel overwhelmed with all paperwork and the like, however, it is important to get it right in order to avoid breaking any laws.
If you would rather not have the hassle, or spend the time, then get in touch to find out how we can help you.