We would like to share with you some of the criteria we use when acting as your property manager. First impressions are critical when a prospective tenant inspects a rental property. It is important to decide what sort of tenant you are targeting.
Some tenants will accept living in a property that is not in tip top condition. Naturally, the rent return to the owner will be reflected accordingly. Likewise, other tenants, possibly a professional person or couple, are prepared to pay top dollar if the property is at its absolute best.
The property presentation tips we recommend are:
• Tend to the garden. Mow the lawn and clean the windows, paths, gutters and outside paintwork.
• Repair or replace leaking taps, sticking doors, broken light fittings, loose door handles, rotten floor boards, leaking gutters and torn flywire screens.
• Only paint areas that really need it unless you plan on painting the entire property. Use light, neutral colours, as strong colours may not be to the tenant’s taste.
• If your property is in a noisy area (such as a main road) inspection times should occur when the noise level is low.
• Get rid of odours such as cigarette or pet smells. It may pay to have the carpets and curtains cleaned.
• Open the curtains and blinds to let in the sun and to make the outside view visible.
• If there is a pool, make sure it is sparkling clean so the tenant regards it as an asset, not a burden. If the pool filter needs repairs, get it done.
• Ensure all electrical wiring and power points are safe. This includes the electrical appliances included with the property.
• Take out comprehensive insurance over the property including public liability. You don’t want to be sued by prospective tenants, who accidentally injure themselves, while inspecting the property.