Preparing Your Property For Let
Décor should be light and neutral – this will appeal to the broadest range of tenants. The fixtures and fittings should be in keeping with the style and standard of your property, as this will attract a higher quality tenant.
The property should be cleaned to a professional standard in advance of the tenancy, including carpets, curtains and soft furnishings. This same standard will be expected in return from the tenants when they vacate. Cleanliness is one of the main areas of contention at the termination of a tenancy, and this can be avoided if the property is properly cleaned to start with. We can provide you with guidance on this, or we can recommend a cleaning firm to undertake this on your behalf.
The furnishings should be of a standard representative of the type of property that you are letting, and should cater for the tenants that you are aiming at. The lifespan of furnishings and décor in a rental property is roughly half of that in your own home so be prepared to invest in this on an ongoing basis.
Where you have a garden, we will advise if it is appropriate to include the services of a gardener as part of the tenancy. As a general rule, tenants can be reasonably expected to cut the grass and keep the borders weed free, however this is very much dependent on the size of the garden. Depending on the size of the garden, it may be in the landlord’s best interests to hire a gardener to ensure that the standard of the garden in maintained throughout the tenancy period.
If you have any questions, or would like to find out more about our services for landlords, please get in touch with our team.