By Rose Jinks, on behalf of Just Landlords
Many landlords will be looking to let their properties to new tenants over the coming months. With that in mind, 5 Star rated Landlord Insurance provider Just Landlords has some top tips for conducting a successful summer property viewing.
If you know that you’ll be looking for new tenants over the summer season, it’s important that you plan ahead so that your property looks as appealing as possible. By sticking to the following advice, your rental will be painted in the best light possible, ensuring a successful property viewing for you as a landlord:
Let in lots of light
The last thing potential tenants want to see when viewing a property during summer months is a dark, dreary rental that doesn’t feel like a home. While cosy is important in the winter, bright and airy is essential for summer viewings.
Before each viewing, make sure that all curtains are drawn right back, pull blinds up and remove any obstructions from natural light sources. If your viewings go into the evenings, it could also be a good idea to pop some lamps on.
Not only will more light help to brighten up the home, it will also make the space look larger, which is always a plus.
Get the garden in check
During a summer property viewing, your prospective tenant will likely be looking out for how much outdoor space the rental has to offer and whether they’ll be able to enjoy it in the warm weather.
The best way to make your property stand out from the crowd is to tidy up the garden, brighten it up with some vibrant plants and show off its potential – a small barbecue or table and chairs set could make a massive difference.
Not only could a nice garden help to get your property let quickly, it could also enable you to command a higher rent price.
Open the windows
Traditional property viewing rules tell you to brew some coffee or bake some fresh bread before guests arrive, in order to fill the home with pleasant scents.
These days, it’s wise to simply remember to open the windows for an hour or two before a viewing is booked, in order to remove any bad smells from the property and bring in some fresh air.
If your property is tenanted, you could ask your current tenants to open the windows before you arrive, or you could pop round yourself prior to a summer property viewing if the rental is empty.
Remove signs of winter damage
If your property has suffered usual wear and tear over your last tenancy or experienced damage during the harsh winter, now is the time to conduct some maintenance work and tidy it up.
Although you may not want your property to sit empty for a few weeks, it is a good idea to use the time between tenancies to make sure your rental is in the best condition possible for a successful summer property viewing.
Make sure that the home is presentable and neat before planning viewings, and arrange to get any necessary repairs completed before your new tenants move in.
Put some fresh flowers out
In such a competitive market, the small things can really make a difference to potential tenants. With so many households now renting for longer, it’s essential that landlords make their property feel like a home.
A simple way to help your property stand out on the lettings market is to put some fresh flowers in key rooms around the home, such as the living room and master bedroom.
Not only are flowers nice and summery, but they also show that you’ve taken some effort to make the property presentable and help your prospective tenants feel welcome.
If you’re soon to be conducting a summer property viewing, take these tips on board for sure-fire success!