Attracting the Best Clients
The quality of the interior decoration, and the way the property is presented may substantially affect the level of rent achieved and the clientele attracted.
Carpets and walls should be neutral. Beige, cream, and light pastel shades make a cleaner, fresher impression. Nowadays, paint finishes are much easier to maintain than wallpaper. Good quality, hardwearing curtains and carpets should be provided as they will have a much longer lifespan, and attract quality tenants. You could consider tiling areas as they are easier for tenants to maintain.
- Clean & Tidy
Make sure the property is clean.
H&H Residential Properties recommend you acquire a specialist bond cleaner. Ensuring the home is handed over in a high clean standard leaves no room for tenants to dispute an entry or exit condition report.
The kitchen is the hub of the home and is also a focal point for potential tenants, a few areas to consider; do all the appliances function correctly, is the lighting sufficient, is there enough cupboard space, are the fittings in good order – a simple change of handles could modernise the appeal, have you considered installing a dishwasher, are the drains clean and free from odour, have you supplied sufficient plugs.
Bathroom areas should be clean and free from mould and mildew, do the taps need updating, is the silicon & grout maintained, plugs available, new shower curtain, is the lighting sufficient, does the bathroom/s have exhaust fans to prevent mould.
Go through the property’s contents and ask yourself the following question- Does this item have a definite benefit to a tenant, does it add beauty to the home and am I going to replace it if it breaks/down. If the answer is no, then get rid, or store it off site.
Make sure that the garden is tidy and inviting. Consider putting fresh mulch on the gardens. There is nothing more off putting to a potential tenant, than an overgrown lawn, out of control hedges/weeds or a green pool. Are you able to maintain this whilst it is vacant or do you need to arrange a regular service?
Lights make a property welcoming. If the viewing is taking place after dark, make sure the front door outside light is working and is switched on.
- Ensure that all blown light bulbs are replaced.
- Consider using down lighting in kitchens and bathrooms.
- In furnished properties, consider providing table lamps, and don’t forget the security features of outdoor lighting connected to movement sensors.
The smell of a property is the sense most remembered by tenants viewing properties.
- If the previous tenant has kept pets, ensure that the carpets are professionally cleaned and neutralized. Make sure there are no food smells, and that toilets and sinks are cleaned and disinfected.
- Let some fresh air in, and avoid using overpowering air fresheners to mask bad smells.
- Consider brewing a pot of freshly ground coffee. This will aid the tenants in imagining what it would be like to live in your property.
- Wash the Council Bins
If your property is vacant or you are having trouble finding a tenant, it could be down to the decoration or presentation of the home.