How To Prepare Your Property For The Next Tenants
Once a tenant has left a rented property, the landlords’ primary goal should be to get the house fixed and add value by making improvements. In doing so, the landlord can potentially increase rental payments and attract more renters to buy.
Now the previous tenants have made their way to a new location. You have the keys to the property and can begin making some much-needed changes and enhancements.
The below four-step process can help you to put your priorities in order.
1. Urgent Repairs
When you’re looking around your property, keep an eye out for any repairs that need urgent attention.
Examples of issues requiring instant attention include;
- Pests such as fleas or rats
- Damp and mould establishing on the internal or external walls or ceilings
- Broken roof tiles
- A visible leak
- Broken locks or windows
- The fire alarm isn’t working
Some of these problems will require an expert with knowledge about the issue. For instance, removing a bird’s nest from the loft will require someone trained in this area to conserve the wildlife’s habitat and lives.
2. Clean The Property
Depending on the amount of time you have and your budget, you may want to consider hiring a cleaner to eliminate any dust, marks, and stains from the property. In doing so, you can make sure it’s clean and appealing to new prospective tenants to lease.
But if you don’t want to hire a cleaner, you can take your own cleaning products and hoover to blitz the property yourself. If necessary, you can hire equipment, such as a professional carpet cleaning system, to bring the flooring back to life.
3. Safety Checks
Apart from urgent repairs and health hazards that need solving. Other ongoing checks landlords need to do to ensure the property is legally safe for tenants to live in. One example is, making sure the boiler has a gas safety certificate. With the old tenants gone, you now have the chance to get essential jobs like these completed and checked off your list.
Enhancing your property is beneficial for a few reasons. It will attract more renters. Plus, it could potentially improve the rental value.
Possible upgrades and improvements range from freshening the walls up with a fresh coat of paint, updating the flooring with new carpets in a neutral colour. Or adding a Wet Room Design to add convenience and luxury to your property.
Sometimes it can help to consult an estate agent to gauge what improvements they advise you to make on the property. That will gain the most interest from potential renters and increase the value of the property.
On an additional note, it may help opt for quality fixtures if you decide to upgrade parts of the property. Preferably those which are durable because it means they’ll stand the test of time. And it won’t be necessary for you to keep changing the interior every few months or so.