Whether you have just one property or a large property portfolio KeyRing Lettings has put together some advice on what tenants generally find attractive when viewing and renting a property.
Remember that this is only a guide and your letting agent will be able to let a property on its own merit.
First Impressions Count
A clean and well-presented property tends to attract a quality tenant. Neutral décor and clean-living space make it easy for the tenant to envisage themselves living in the property. This isn’t easy if the current tenant is still in occupation when the property is being advertised. However, letting agents are well versed in being able to let properties by encouraging a viewer to overlook any current clutter.
A lick of paint and a good deep clean before the new tenant moves in can help not only with making the checkout simple but will set a standard of expectation for how the property should ideally be kept throughout the tenancy duration.
When renting out a property, the use of a good letting agent keeps emotion, opinion and personalities separate. This means any issues can be dealt with from an impartial viewpoint. Tenants often prefer to rent through an agent because they know they will be fair and operate within the perimeters of constantly changing law.
Lettings agents will also have trustworthy contractors for any maintenance issues. This means that they can deal with any issues quickly should one arise – giving both the landlord and tenant peace of mind.
Generally speaking, any white goods provided as part of the tenancy must be clean and in good working order and PAT tested. Preferably they should not be more than 5 years old. Meaning that they are likely to last the duration of the tenancy without landing you with a hefty repair bill and they will be economic for the tenant.
The heating provision should be sufficient for the property and windows and doors should ideally be well sealed. Don’t forget you will need a gas safety certificate if there is a gas supply. Tenants are more likely to stay long-term if they are not paying above average fuel costs. In older properties, the energy efficiency is expected to be lower, but this is generally something that has already taken into account by tenants looking for that type of property.
Monthly rent is normally the single biggest outgoing for the tenant, so they are likely to shop around for value for money.
The main property features that determine the rental on a property are predominantly the type of property it is; apartment, detached house, coach house, mews and the size; the number of bedrooms, living space and outside space.
Parking or a garage can command slightly higher rental over a similar property without those benefits. The area is another determining factor along with the internal condition. There are always exceptions and every property is different. A lettings agent has the experience to be able to price your property perfectly taking into account all of the aspects of that particular property. With the rental market being so vast, it is worth noting that a tenant is likely to stay longer if the rental price is reasonable.
Easily Maintained Garden
It’s important to keep the garden as simple as possible as modern busy living doesn’t often allow for a great deal of time tending to a garden.
Usually, a tenant will not want to be liable for tree surgery (you can’t insist that they climb a ladder), or be held responsible for the upkeep of a wide range of plants.
Weeding flower beds and keeping the lawn mowed is the most you can reasonably expect in most cases. If your garden requires a little extra care and attention or has particularly large bushes, trees or speciality plants it might be worth considering hiring a professional gardener to tend to them a couple of times a year to ensure they receive the correct care.
If you need help with letting out your property, or are considering doing so, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team here at KeyRing Lettings. We are open from 9-5pm, Monday – Friday. Call: 01749 681356.