Tenancies in Britain are reported to last an average of 18 months. This means that landlords must keep on top of the ever-moving cycle to avoid any loss of income. Ensuring that your property is constantly in prime condition to attract new tenants is crucial.
Read on for advice on how to make the best of your property when it comes to re-advertising for tenants:
Keep it Clean
- Keep the garden area free of any debris with any rubbish bins tucked away.
- Make sure you touch up any scuffs on the indoor walls with fresh paint.
- The kitchen should be gleaming, with all worktops and appliances sparkling.
- Don’t forget about the floors! Even if you have numerous viewings arranged with people leaving on their shoes, try to hoover carpets and mop floors as much as possible in between.
- Keep the bathroom free of toiletries, appliances and towels which cause clutter and create an off-putting ‘lived-in’ feel.
- Ensure that all beds have freshly-washed linen on them as much as possible – not only will they look cleaner but the smell alone will be appealing!
- Don’t forget about regularly cleaning the stairs – they can accumulate a lot of dirt more than anywhere else in the house, as viewers are more likely to leave shoes on as they look around all floors.
Design by Numbers
- Neutral colour schemes give a blank canvas for tenants and avoid putting anyone off with anything too bold or not to their taste.
- For properties with a plainer front, a door canopy will enhance the appearance of the façade in addition to giving extra shelter as people come and go.
- To give modern appeal to rooms such as bedrooms or living rooms, an accent wall can be easily completed with contrasting wallpaper.
- Mirrors on the walls in living rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms will make the space look much bigger.
- Trim back bushes and trees to allow more sunlight into the house.
- Mow any lawns regularly for an easy way to create a well-maintained image.
- Flowers around the front will add extra appeal for a great first impression.
- Small but effective additions to the living room give an extra homely feel, such as candles, cushions, rugs and lamps.
- A garden’s potential should be maximised as they are often a deal-breaker for tenants; even if the weather isn’t always reliable a garden canopy is a great way to enjoy the outdoor area.
- Make sure the heating is on in winter to demonstrate the insulation; equally, opening a window on warm summer days will keep the place feeling fresh.