You’ve done well getting your property advertised, and have had plenty of attention, but tenancy agreements keep falling at the last hurdle. If your property is accurately advertised, chances are it’s the small things that are putting off your potential tenants. Here’s our advice to help to get your tenancy over the finishing line.
Cleanliness is key
A potential tenant will be visualising themselves in your property, and if that vision involves a lot of cleaning and tidying before they’ve even moved in, they’ll probably be put off.
You should go to the greatest effort to spruce up the place before the marketing pictures are taken and just before viewings.
The pre-viewing clean will be the most important, as eagle-eyed tenants will be sure to check all the nooks and crannies. Ensure you pay particular attention to the bathroom and kitchen, and get that duster out for the cobwebbed corners.
There have been plenty of studies that have recommended a property smells like freshly baked bread, coffee or laundry, but in our experience the best smell that entices a potential tenant is fresh air.
Before a viewing, open as many windows and doors as possible to allow air to circulate through the property.
Landlords who are renting out a property they used to, or are currently, living in may find it difficult to see it from a tenant’s point of view.
If there are personal possessions and photos lying around, the chances are that the tenants will find it difficult to see past the trinkets and picture their own future there.
Try to remove as much clutter as possible from direct view, to make the property as impersonal as possible. To achieve this you may need to talk to existing tenants to get them to cooperate.
If you need an objective viewpoint on your property, get in touch with us and we’ll be only too happy to help.