Getting Your Property Prepped and Ready for Renters

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So you’ve decided to become a landlord, or perhaps you’re a seasoned pro looking to refresh your rental property. Either way, preparing your property for new tenants is a crucial step in securing reliable renters and maximizing your investment. But where do you start?

This comprehensive guide will walk you through the essential steps to transform your vacant property into a desirable and attractive home for your future tenants.

  1. Deep Cleaning and Repairs:

First things first, give your property a thorough scrub from top to bottom. Hire professional cleaners if needed, ensuring they tackle:

  • Windows and Floors: Sparkling windows and spotless floors create a bright and welcoming impression.
  • Kitchen and Bathroom: Deep clean appliances and cabinets. Don’t forget grout, mildew, and limescale buildup.
  • Walls and Doors: Patch up any holes and cracks and repaint if necessary. Opt for neutral or calming colours.

Address any minor repairs like leaky faucets, sticking doors, or faulty light fixtures. Promptly fixing these issues shows your commitment to maintaining the property in good condition.

  1. Safety First:

Safety is paramount, so ensure your property complies with all legal requirements. This includes:

  • Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms: Install working smoke alarms on every floor and carbon monoxide alarms in rooms with a burning gas appliance. Test them regularly. Click here for our in depth article.
  • Electrical Safety: Get an electrical safety inspection to identify and fix any potential hazards. Want more information? Read our previous article here.
  • Gas Safety: If your property has gas appliances, a qualified engineer must conduct an annual gas safety check.
  1. Enhance Curb Appeal:

First impressions matter. Spruce up the exterior of your property to make a positive impact on potential tenants. Here are some tips:

  • Trim the lawn and landscaping.
  • Power wash walkways and siding.
  • Add fresh mulch to flower beds.
  • Paint the front door.
  • Replace worn-out welcome mats and mailbox.
  1. Depersonalize and Neutralize:

Remove all your personal belongings, including furniture and pictures. Aim for a neutral canvas that allows potential renters to envision themselves living in the space.

  1. Stage the Space:

Strategic furniture placement and tasteful décor can work wonders. Rent or borrow furniture and accessories to showcase the potential of each room. Focus on functionality and creating a warm and inviting atmosphere.

  1. Take High-Quality Photos and Videos:

Invest in professional photography or take high-resolution pictures yourself. Highlight the best features of your property, including spacious rooms, natural light, and any appealing amenities. Consider creating a virtual tour for online listings.

At Harringtons Lettings we are able to take professional photos of your property being in more prospective tenants. Call us today on 01273 724000 or click here to contact us!

  1. Price it Right:

Research rental rates for similar properties in your area to determine a competitive price. Don’t overprice your property, as it might sit vacant, but also ensure you’re getting a fair return on your investment.

  1. Market Effectively:

List your property on popular rental websites and social media platforms. Craft a compelling description that emphasizes the unique selling points of your property. Respond promptly to inquiries and schedule viewings efficiently.

  1. Screen Tenants Carefully:

Thorough renters screening is crucial to protect your investment and ensure a positive rental experience. Verify employment and income, check references, and conduct credit checks. Choose responsible tenants who respect the property and pay rent on time. Here at Harringtons Lettings we require all tenants to have a UK homeowner guarantor in order to secure a property with us. This provides landlords with additional security.

  1. Be Prepared for the tenancy:

Have a standard lease agreement ready that outlines the terms of the tenancy, including rent amount, security deposit, pet policy, and maintenance responsibilities. Familiarize yourself with local landlord-tenant laws to ensure compliance.

By following these steps, you can effectively prepare your property for the rental market and attract responsible tenants who will appreciate your well-maintained and inviting space. Remember, a little effort upfront can go a long way in ensuring a smooth and profitable rental experience.

With careful planning and preparation, you can transform your vacant property into a desirable rental property that attracts responsible renters and provides you with a steady stream of income. So, roll up your sleeves, get started, and watch your investment flourish!

If you would like an updated valuation of your property please call our lettings manager Beth Roberts on 01273 724000 or click here.

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Tegan
Tegan
17:30 22 Feb 24
Have been very accommodating and helpful when calling agents. They have been very helpful in being able to secure a house for students.
TheFlyingCrocodile
TheFlyingCrocodile
16:42 21 Feb 24
Went above and beyond to get things sorted for me
Brittany Stace
Brittany Stace
11:18 24 Jan 24
Harringtons have been incredibly helpful and supportive of us as new renters and they have been super efficient in getting all of the documents sent through and signed in such a short period of time. Thank you!
Georgie Prebble
Georgie Prebble
20:36 05 Jan 24
Jade Innes
Jade Innes
10:24 04 Jan 24
So far the service has been good. The staff are very friendly and quick to respond to any questions and requests.
Polly Smith
Polly Smith
11:17 28 Dec 23
we chose this letting agents as they chose a good bills company that is much cheaper than other agents. When viewing houses the staff were very friendly and have been very helpful in answering our questions and making the process as easy as possible.
Emma Howe
Emma Howe
16:06 14 Nov 23
I would rate Harringtons Lettings a 5/5. Very lovely on the phone and very quick and easy to communicate with via email. Any problems have been resolved in no time at all. So far so good!I found Harringtons via Rightmove.
Akwisitions Feedback
Akwisitions Feedback
16:25 30 Oct 23
Very responsive and super helpful throughout the process. Highly recommended!
Chloe Ballard
Chloe Ballard
17:28 02 Oct 23
Although I have only been renting with Harringtons for a short period of time, I have had nothing but a positive experience. From viewing to admin updates. The admin team especially are very polite and quick to respond and I have no doubt that the rest of my tenancy will run smoothly. I would recommend to anyone considering renting in brighton.
Matthew Ball
Matthew Ball
11:46 19 Sep 23
Professional communication with tenant although entirely impersonal. There was a bigger disconnect in their communication with the landlord in most cases, which seemed to be either slow or non-existent (discovered after contacting the landlord directly).Property was full of spider webs on day 1 despite apparently being professionally cleaned. Took a day off of work to clean it on move out day, leaving it cleaner than when it received but still had to pay part of the deposit for professional cleaning.It has been a while since I have rented, but I'll avoid letting agencies completely now if this is anything close to the average renting experience.
Ronan SK
Ronan SK
12:38 12 Sep 23
Great professionalism/communciation from the start up until the end of my tenancy. Definitely set the standards for what agencies should be like. Highly recommend to those within Brighton.
Daniel Sutton
Daniel Sutton
10:29 24 Aug 23
I have rented with Harringtons Lettings before and have always found the agents to be quick, efficient, friendly and helpful. I loved their service so much I have chosen to rent with Harringtons again. Faultless 😊
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