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Top Tips for Landlords

Top tips for landlords is an at-a-glance guide to being a great landlord. It’s not rocket science. In fact, a lot of it will seem like common sense. But trust us – just taking these few points into consideration could make all the difference to you and your rental property.

Be thorough

Do your own research into your chosen letting agent. First of all, make sure that any agent can give you comparable evidence relating to similar properties to back up their valuation, as incorrect advice can result in costly void periods.

We suggest you ‘mystery shop’ agents to see whether they actually possess the customer service, communication skills and industry experience that you both want and expect. You’ll need to be sure they care as much about your property as you do and are able to provide constructive criticism and relevant feedback.

You’ll need to check their accessibility too. We arrange viewings daytime and evening, weekday and weekend, to accommodate everyone. Our phone lines operate 24/7 and tenants can use our online facilities to report problems, pay rents or just ask a question. We pride ourselves on offering such a customer-focused service, as all agents should.

Be detail-focused

Small, inconsequential details can often make or break a rental. For example, just ensuring your property is clean and well presented can help to secure a fast, lucrative let. So you need high standards as slapdash work will reduce your chances of finding a tenant and achieving the optimum rent. Keep your eye on the ball with regular inspections so that you can nip any problems in the bud. Always try to work with tenants, not against them; remember, a happy tenant will stay longer, ensuring a rental income for you.

Be efficient

One out, one in. This is the way you should view the turnaround period between tenants – because time and an empty property is money! We can help you with the resources to clean and carry out any maintenance in-house to ensure there are no delays.

Be law abiding

There are so many obligations now, with EPC, Gas Checks, Electric Checks and awareness of HHSRS (Housing Health and Safety Rating System) required, even before a tenant moves in. Failure to comply can result in a fine or even prison! So it’s worth using an agent that cares for you and your property and who is expert and up-to-date with the relevant regulations.

Be tasteful

You need your property to be appealing. So keep the décor and furnishings simple with neutral, inoffensive colour schemes that will have wide appeal. If in doubt, speak to us – thanks to our years of knowledge, we can give you good advice on the best approach. And we can even arrange decorating works and furnishings for you.

Basic Requirements for a Furnished Letting

The key is not to over-furnish your property. Instead, focus on ensuring that it looks attractive and appealing, yet has enough scope for a tenant to feel that they can make their own mark on it and turn it into their home. As a rough guide, you could include the following in each room:

  • Lighting: Spotlights in kitchens, bathrooms and other areas help to make a property look brighter and more appealing. In furnished properties, you could consider providing some table lamps to create a more homely atmosphere. Adequate lighting outdoors, often with the use of sensors, can be an important safety feature.
  • Living area: A comfy sofa which complies with fire regulations is a must.
  • Dining Room: A simple dining table and chairs.
  • Kitchen: You’ll need a modern cooker, fridge/freezer or separate units, washer/dryer, and microwave. In terms of kitchen equipment, a tenant will expect: crockery, cutlery, glasses, chopping board, saucepans, frying pan, kettle, toaster, cups/mugs, bottle- and can openers.
  • Bedrooms: Beds (complying to Fire and Furnishing regulations), with mattress protectors, wardrobe and chest of drawers/dressing table, bedside table, bedside lights, plus adequate storage for the number of occupants.
  • Bathroom/shower room: Shaver point, wall cabinet, toilet roll holder and towel rail, stand-alone shower or one over a bath, mirror.
  • General Household equipment: Vacuum cleaner, brushes, dustpan, ironing board and iron.

Have you had a look at what we currently have on the market? This can help you get an idea of the kind of rental price your property might achieve: Property to Rent

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