your property for successful letting
the past few years many people have been turning to owning rented accommodation
in the UK, Ireland and other countries as an addition to pension provisions and
for other reasons. This has meant that there is a lot more choice for people wishing
to rent and consequently as they have choice then the property owner has to ensure
that they provide good quality accommodation that will attract Tenants.
investors have purchased brand new purpose built properties that naturally have
an advantage over the older properties that require modernisation. If you have
an older stile property or that one is in excess of 12 years old, consider replacing
the kitchen, bathroom and generally updating.
the properties featured here have been up dated by their owners
of refurbished rental property
THE PROPERTY – decoration, furnishing, equipment to leave
of the interior decoration may substantially affect the level of rental achieved.
Although it is not possible to redecorate your own personal home prior to letting
it if you are leaving for work overseas for example, it is essential that you
follow these guidelines if you are planning on letting an investment property.
It is advisable to follow them as far as possible if you are a returning owner
and walls should be neutral. Whites, creams and light pastel shades and these
make a cleaner, fresher impression.
finishes are much easier to maintain than wallpaper. Good quality curtains and
carpets should be provided as they will have much longer life normally which is
most important if you are planning on letting for several years. Magnolia has
now become very dated and should be avoided if possible.
should be well equipped and bathrooms should have high quality modern fittings,
including a power shower whenever possible (overseas visitors will usually expect
one), good lighting and tiled flooring. If you are refitting your bathrooms, white
fittings never really go out of date.
flooring is now very
popular and gives the illusion of more space. Kitchens should be tiled or have
vinyl covering and not carpets unless they form part of a kitchen /diner and the
carpet is then suitable for the dining area. If you are installing wood flooring
in an apartment, please check with the freeholder if it is a new development as
they are not permitted in some developments because of the noise factor.
is very important for any let. Downlight
spotlights in Kitchens, bathrooms and other areas help. In furnished properties,
consider providing some table lamps. Don’t forget adequate lighting outdoors (often
with the use of sensors) to have as a safety feature for the property.
you have bought a property to let, make sure there are toilet roll holders, towel
rails, mirror, bathroom cabinets or shelves in the bathroom.
PRESENTATION TO A TENANT: When
you are showing a prospective tenant around a property take a note of the
property is clean, there are no dirty washing up items about and if there are
any unpleasant odours, open some windows and let some fresh air circulate. Bathroom
areas should be clean and leave the toilet seat down. Beds should be covered.
you might be concerned about people walking on your carpet, some tenants are not
too happy about being asked to take off their shoes
– even in summer we can have some very dull days, so turn the lights on first.
Lights make a property welcoming. If the viewing takes place after dark, make
sure your front door outside light is switched on.
– If the curtains are pulled over during the day, pull them back. Just like ensuring
sufficient artificial lighting, natural lighting is equally as important and can
give the impression of more space particularly in smaller properties and rooms.
areas – Make sure the garden is tidy and inviting
or UNFURNISHED LETS”
with curtains, carpets and kitchen equipment – white goods. (N.B. some white goods
e.g. washing machines can be rented)
with the above plus occasional furniture – some beds, settee or dining table and
Let with the above,
but including all furniture, china, and crockery. & Cutlery etc. Do not leave
the property with too much furniture as the appearance could be cluttered and
rooms appear smaller than they are.
TO LEAVE – Basic Requirements for a Furnished Letting
a let is in central London, Bedding, towels, TV’s, Videos are not included. However,
you might be requested to allow the tenant to erect a satellite dish.
is recommended that all items of sentimental or real value be removed as even
the most careful of tenants have accidents. It is important
(if we are managing the property) if possessions are stored in the roof
storage area should be secured and keys left at our offices, emergency access
should not be denied to a tenant in respect of gas/electricity/water mains and
storage cisterns. N.B. be careful how you store your belongings. Attic areas can
become very hot in the summer and garages can become very damp in the winter.
room must have adequate furniture for the tenants’ need and we list below the
minimum for an average 4 bedroom property. Some wall pictures can be included.
Lounge – Three
piece suite, or two sofas, or four lounge chairs, coffee table. Occasional light.
Dining table, chairs sideboard/dresser/storage.
Kitchen – Modern
cooker, fridge/freezer or separate units, washing machine, tumble dryer, (in an
apartment consider a washer/dryer) Microwave – not essential, but becoming more
Kitchen equipment –
Crockery, cutlery, glasses, cooking knives, chopping
board, saucepans, frying pan, wok, electric kettle, toaster, coffee/tea mugs/cups/saucers,
colander, baking tins, bottle and can opener etc.
Bedrooms – Beds
(complying to Fire and Furnishing regulations), with mattress
protectors, wardrobe, bedside table, bedside lights, chair, chest of drawers/dressing
table, adequate storage for the number of occupants.
Bathroom/shower room – Shaver
point, wall cabinet, toilet roll holder and towel rail.
General Household equipment-Vacuum
cleaner and tools, brushes, dustpan, ironing board & iron.
you are providing a gardening service, you should supply a lawn mower (that is
capable of cutting long grass if the tenant misses some cuts), spade, fork, rake,shear,
hoe, wheelbarrow, ladder etc. You might also like to consider supplying garden
there are sufficient TV& telephone sockets around the property.
TYPE OF PROPERTY IS SUITABLE FOR LETTING ?
all types of property are letable, provided they are in good condition and well
presented particularly those:
close to good rail and road communications
If there is a large garden, it is maintained
The rental price is suitable to market requirements
There is parking with the property or very close
There are not too many landlord restrictions.
jml Property Services August 2004
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