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After you have researched the market and agreed on rental price you would like to achieve, it’s time to ensure that the property you are about to rent out is ready for occupancy.
Whilst the advertising and marketing has commenced it is important to ensure your homes presentation is appealing. At the end of the day you want prospective tenants to want your home and getting them through the front door is only the first step. Externally keep the lawns mowed, edged and free from any green waste, weed all gardens and mulched to give a fresh easy maintenance appeal. Ensure that the drive way is gurnied free of dirt and grease and make sure the outside of the home is clean by knocking down any cobwebs and cleaning the windows. If there are trees or shrubs around the home give them a good prune back and shape and if they have been rubbing or growing close to gutters make sure the gutters are cleared and not rusty. Ensure fences and gates are sturdy not only with this be an appealing aspect for tenants with children or pets but it will be a safety issue for you if they are unsecure or dangerous. Make sure there is a number present on the house or letter box too, as prospective tenants need to be able to find your home.
Once you have appealed to prospective tenants from the outside you need to ensure that the inside mimics the presentation of the outside. Poor presentation will result in longer vacancies, less rent achieved and a lower calibre of tenant achieved. Sometimes if a tenant moves in to a home that is tired, needs maintenance or looks tardy it becomes too easy for them to relax with the presentation whilst they live there and unfortunately the home starts to look like “a rental”.
Ensure the property is clean and not just dusted by commercially clean!
Overall, make sure all areas are safe and in good repair.