As we head into a traditionally busy time for the lettings market, now is the perfect time to ready your property for viewings. Whether your property appeals to parents looking to settle in their children before term time, or corporate tenants wanting to put down roots in London, there are many things you can do to make sure you’re getting the highest quality tenants possible.
Smarten up inside and out
First, ask your property manager to check in with your current tenants and make sure that everything on their snag list has been dealt with. If your property is empty, make sure to go round and check the property is up to scratch. Remember to pay attention to your property exterior. Smarten up the front and back gardens or balconies by pruning flowers and bushes, cutting grass and sweeping patios and yards. Make sure the windows and doors are clean too, it can make a big difference.
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Add some design touches
If your property is part or unfurnished and is currently empty, add some touches to make it more appealing for viewings. Potted plants, soft furnishings, pictures and art can all lift the property. Be sure to keep the décor neutral however, so prospective tenants can envisage living there themselves.
Communicate with current tenants
If you have tenants in your property, make sure they are made aware of viewings at least twenty four hours before they take place. This gives them time to wash the dishes, declutter and make their beds so the property is ready for the prospective tenants’ visit.
Daniel Bickerdike, Lettings Manager of KFH’s South Kensington branch comments:
“With the supply and demand balance in central London currently tipping in tenants’ favour, presentation can mean the difference between a viewing and an offer. A number of our landlords have recently reaped the benefits of dressing their properties to stand out from the competition. You are likely to receive the highest level of interest in the first week of marketing, so it is important to make the most of it during this time.”
Get the marketing right
Indeed, your agent will know how to highlight your property’s strengths, but make sure to publicise the best of its appeal. If your property is further away from local pubs and restaurants, but is blessed with green open spaces, reinforce the tranquil nature of its immediate surroundings.
As the rental market becomes more competitive, there are other incentives you can use to entice good tenants. Invest in quality white goods such as washing machines and dishwashers, include some utility bills in the rent, or get the Wi-Fi installed so the tenants don’t have that hassle when they move in.