This is the case for landlords, and we should know, as we have helped many South West London landlords let their property. If you want to prepare your home for tenants and the rental market, we are here to assist you.
Don’t try to hide problems
It is tempting to hide problems and hope no one notices them. This approach is a lot easier than resolving problems, but if people spot the issue, the fallout is often more damaging.
If you are refurbishing your property, don’t try to hide or conceal problems, deal with them. Whether there is an issue with the decorating process, plumbing or any number of issues, it is best for you to deal with these problems directly as opposed to covering them up and hoping for the best.
Make the property easy to clean
Landlords want tenants to keep the rental property clean, and tenants want to keep the rental property clean. A clean property is nicer to live in and of course, a clean property helps tenants in claiming their deposit.
Therefore, as a landlord, you can help yourself and tenants by setting up the property in a way which makes it easier to clean. If you fully tile bathroom floors and walls while installing hard wearing surfaces in the kitchen, you will go a long way to ensuring the property is kept neat and tidy. If you make sure there are few places where dirt can collect or water can pool, you will; improve the rental property.
You should also invest in wipe-clean and anti-mould paint in the kitchen and bathroom. Doing so not only helps to keep the property clean, it can make it a healthier place for tenants to stay.
Make sure the ventilation is up to standard
Landlords should consider the importance of offering a healthy place for tenants to stay. If you are looking to keep tenants happy, bear the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act in mind, as this will go a long way to keeping you on the right path in ensuring tenants are happy at home.
You should make sure your bathroom window is capable of opening and you should consider investing in an extractor fan. If you can prevent mould forming, you will significantly enhance the property for your tenant.
Create a maintenance schedule
Maintenance work is the backbone of providing a good rental service. By creating a list of when and how you will review the rental property, and make improvements, you will create consistency in and around the rental property. You should note down dates for the annual gas check, periodical electrical checks, boiler servicing, alarm testing and all other checks which must be carried out.
If you’re a South West London landlord and you need assistance managing your property, come and speak with Holmes Estate Agents. We are pleased to say we have helped many local landlords prepare their rental property, and provide tenants with the best service.