It can be difficult to ensure that a property you are letting is in good enough shape for viewings. After all, when you’re organising visits from tenants and trying to juggle every other pressing matter, even seemingly obvious things could slip through the net.
Here are four important things you could consider getting in order before potential tenants step through the door.
All properties accumulate bits of wear and
tear over time, whether it’s a mark on a door or burn on a kitchen surface. The question is – would you be happy with these things in your own house?
Tenants may expect to move into a property where everything is looking its best, and could be reluctant to pay the asking price if they feel a property isn’t worth it. To make sure that everything is spick and span, you could set aside time to explore your property with a fine-toothed comb and patch up every scratch, nick or shabby area.
You could also check that each area of the house is thoroughly cleaned before showing new tenants around, whether by yourself or a professional company.
The inventory is an important checklist of every item in your property, from lamps to crockery. Whenever a new tenant moves in and moves back out, best practice dictates that you run through the inventory together, ticking off each item and making a note of its condition. This document will then be signed by the tenant, both at the start and close of their tenancy.
If running through this inventory leads you to discover that some items have been damaged by the tenant, the bill for repair or replacement could be deducted from their deposit, something that could be made clear both verbally and in the tenancy agreement.
Exterior and interior condition
As well as the smaller items that appear on your inventory, the interior and exterior of your property, as a whole, may be worth maintaining to its best condition. Not only could this help your property look more inviting to live in, but make it a whole lot safer. Damaged doors, cracked walls, loose bricks and faulty boilers, electrics and gas should all be addressed by a certified professional before you consider showing potential tenants around.
Legal tests and safety certificates
It is a legal requirement for all homes to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), regardless of whether they are constructed, sold or let. With that in mind, every house you let must have a valid EPC, shown to the tenant when they move in. By extension, anything in your property that uses gas needs a thorough safety-check, and an up-to-date record of its condition kept.
The role of landlord may not always be taken on lightly, but if you do it right and carry out all of the responsibilities that come part and parcel of the job, you and your tenants could enjoy a long and happy relationship.
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