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Tips on preparing your home for your next tenant

Posted on: Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

If you are a full-time property landlord then the majority of your income will depend upon your ability to successfully attract and retain good tenants.

This means that not only will you have to offer the kinds of facilities and services that your tenants will be looking for, you will also need to ensure that your premises are well maintained and monitored on a regular basis.

After all, first impressions count for everything, and your property will have to look its very best.

Failure to clean property to the highest standards can potentially cost you thousands of pounds for every good tenant you fail to attract as a result.

Below, we have produced a checklist of the kinds of things you need to consider when letting out your property.

Exterior

What many landlords overlook is that the appearance of the outside of your property is just as important as the interior.

No matter how idyllic the inside of your houses may be, if the outside has piles of junk, discarded furniture, unkempt lawns or grubby windows, then it will create a very poor impression upon potential residents.

In order to beat the competition and attract the very best, you need to ensure that your properties are cleaned to the very best standards.

Therefore as a landlord, you will want to ensure that both the front and back gardens are cleared and presentable.

This means that hedges need to be trimmed, weeds removed, with any junk cleared up.

In order to ensure that the property stands out among tenants, then you may want to consider planting some plants in the front and back gardens and maybe even adding a shed and some nice patio furniture in the back garden.

Blemish management

Another way to improve the look of your garden is to ensure that any holes or blemishes in your driveway are repaired.

Cracks also need to be repaired, with any peeling or imperfect paintwork repainted and improved.

Ensure that the door number of your home is clearly visible.

Rubbish

Keep any rubbish bins out of view and ensure that they are emptied on a regular basis and not overflowing.

Repair work

If the window and door frames look a bit worse for wear, then you may want to consider giving them an extra lick of paint just to improve the look of your property.

Inside the home

Of course, the inside of your property also needs to be given a thorough cleaning. If you want to save time and ensure that your property is cleaned according to very high industrial standards, then you should definitely ensure you enlist the help of a professional cleaning company.

The house should be decluttered, bins emptied, with every nook and cranny cleaned out. 

Carpets, doorframes, windows and fixtures and fittings should also be thoroughly cleaned and scrubbed.

You should also look at decorating your home and giving every room a fresh coat of paint. 

Any unpleasant and musty smells should also be eradicated. These include smells, damp and pet odours.