Preparing your rental property for a viewing – the top tips
Thu 14 May 2020
As a landlord looking to attract tenants to your rental property, you want to pull out all the stops to ensure it makes a significant impact.
First impressions matter a great deal, so it’s vital that you identify your property’s strengths and show them off. An important part of attracting the right tents is by effectively preparing your rental home for a viewing.
With this in mind, here at Letting Solutions, we’ve put together some top tips to ensure your viewing goes off without a hitch and, in turn, you secure long-lasting tenants.
Up the ‘kerb appeal’
Often, before a viewing even takes place, prospective tenants will drive past the property to get a sneak peek. Therefore, you need to ensure that your property’s exterior is in fantastic shape.
This includes giving the front door a fresh lick of paint, giving the windows a thorough clean, trimming the hedges, making sure the bins are tidy, and adding a few low-maintenance spring flowers to enhance the home’s visual appeal.
Would-be tenants also want to see space, so it might be best to keep any cars off the driveway while your home is on the market (or at least for a viewing).
Neutralise the interiors
When decorating your rental home, it’s important that you appeal to the widest audience possible. The best way to do this is to create a neutral space.
Decorating needn’t be a costly venture, either. The most straight-forward approach is to paint the walls in cream and beige tones. For the flooring, hardwood and laminate creates the illusion of more space and give a neater, more streamlined look than carpet.
Above everything, keep in mind the type of property you have and your target audience, making your property look as suitable as possible for them.
Let there be light
A common factor that can be a major turn off in any home is a dark, dingy room. This can give tenants the impression that the room isn’t well-cared for.
When prospective tenants visit your property, they want to be able to see every aspect of the room, so don’t be afraid to not only open the curtains and blinds wide.
It’s also often the case that the lighter the room, the larger it appears – which is always a bonus.
Clean up and declutter
If you have an existing tenant, it can be tricky to get them to make sure your property is spic and span before a viewing, so offering them a professional clean is a win-win situation. This way, they can have their home cleaned to a high standard, and you can show off a fresh home to viewers.
At the same time, renters need to be able to visualise themselves in your rental home, so it is essential that you create a feeling of free space by minimising knick-knacks and allowing distinctive features to be fully appreciated.
Making your property as desirable as possible not only increases demand from tenants but can also allow you to maximise the yield in terms of rent. By utilising the above tips, you can efficiently prepare your rental property, achieve a successful viewing and attract long-term tenants.
Although the Covid-19 pandemic is putting normal life on hold – with most people now working from home or self-isolating – there is likely to be spike in demand from tenants seeking their next home once the crisis abates. This pent-up demand could be to the benefit of landlords who list now or in the coming months.
Here at Letting Solutions, we have the knowledge and expertise to ensure you get the best possible results from your rental property. To find out more about our services, including how we manage your tenancy, please get in touch with us on 01506 425693 or via email.
We also provide a free and instant online valuation to give you an idea of how much you could be charging in rent each month.