Preparing your house for letting when traveling

When preparing a house for letting there are many things to organise. Not only does the property need to be well presented for viewings, there are many other details that also need attending to. Here is an overview of some of the most important factors to consider before opening the doors to new tenants…

Make it sparkle

Squeaky-clean rental properties are always snapped up quickly. Time should be spent on deep cleaning carpets and floors to freshen up interiors. Special attention to cleaning bathrooms and kitchens, removing any damp patches, mouldy areas and excess limescale – with elbow grease to get the place really sparkling – will pay off. Good kitchens and bathrooms really influence people when it comes to making decisions about where they are going to live.

Any broken cupboard doors or chipped paint that could make an interior look tired should be made good. When a house for letting is signed over to tenants, the tenants are agreeing to keep the property in a good state of repair and as they found it. It is far easier to perform maintenance when the property is empty, so it should look as good as possible whilst vacant. If a redecoration is planned, it is a good idea to use pale, neutral colours that look fresh and make rooms appear more spacious and to fill the home with neutral,durable furniture. The curb appeal of the property is important, too – windows should be polished up nicely, the front door painted and the grass cut if necessary. The better the house appears cared-for, the better it will be treated by tenants.

Maintenance checks

The appearance of the property is important, but all the basics must function well too. It is essential to perform maintenance checks on central heating, plumbing, electrics and appliances before tenants move in. Landlords are required to obtain a Gas Safety Certificate and an Energy Performance Certificate, both of which need to be produced before acquiring essential specialist landlord Insurance. If the house is to be let furnished, all furniture must conform to fire safety regulations and be labelled accordingly.

Make it a home

Everybody wants to feel safe in their home so all windows and doors must be fitted with adequate security locks, and a spare pair of keys provided to the tenants. Entrances should be well lit with security lights if necessary. For an extra layer of privacy and security, and for a smart appearance, sleek and stylish shutters can be fitted to windows. Made-to-measure interior shutters work well on windows that open to the street, as they are adjustable to allow sunshine in but also provide privacy when needed.

It is a good idea to put together a folder of useful information about the house for letting. This should include details regarding rubbish collection, instructions for appliances, central heating and alarm system and information about local facilities.

Tenants can be encouraged to look after the property with the provision of cleaning appliances and a lawnmower if there is grass to cut outside.

Preparing a house for letting does not need to be a hassle. After the paperwork, essential maintenance, safety regulations and cleaning have been carried out, all that is missing is the new tenant – and with a perfectly prepared and presented property, finding them is the easiest thing of all.

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