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How to prepare your property for letting

  1. 15 August 2019
  2. By Andi Michael

If you’re about to be a landlord (or you want to freshen up your property to make it appealing) then have a look at these simple ways to improve your property and get it let out promptly.

If you’ve bought a property to let it out, you’ll have spent time picking the right home for your potential renters. From considering location to size, making it appealing is important. But it doesn’t stop there. You’ll need to think about what makes the inside of your property appealing, so that those first viewings generate a renter who is going to be proud to live there (and be more likely to take care of it!)

We’re pleased to welcome this guest post from Burlington Granite on a few quick changes you can make before your rental property is listed for lettings.
With the rise of ‘Generation Rent’, it’s never been more important for your property to be ready for viewings than right now. It allows you to compete on the busy letting market, improve your kerb appeal, and ultimately, maximise your income.
That’s why we’re taking a look at four essential design updates you could make to your property before letting it out. We’ll provide you with the know-how to make your property stand out from the crowd - covering everything from tips on how to help your property make a great first impression to updating practical spaces such as the kitchen and bathroom before the viewings begin.

Clean to a commercial standard

There’s no better way to make a property look its best than by giving it a thorough clean, as this is likely to be one of the deciding factors when it comes to a prospective tenant renting your property. As has been proven time and time again, first impressions count - as such, invest time in cleaning and decluttering to give your space a fresh feel which tenants are sure to fall in love with.
A professional cleaning company won’t cost much, and it’s an investment in getting your property let out as soon as possible.
Buying scented candles, reed diffusers or air fresheners will go a long way towards giving your property the edge over its competitors. There’s no better way to create an inviting ambiance than ensuring the rooms in your property are well lit, and smell fresh and clean.

Make a five-star first impression

With the average rental cost in the UK £943 per month in 2018 and £1,640 in London, making some essential design updates to maximise your returns has never been more necessary. Start by picking a letting agent who treats your property as their own - from marketing the property to organising the contracts. You need to feel that you can trust your agent to find the right tenant for you.
The photographs for the agency listing are one of the main factors in drawing in potential tenants, so don’t miss out on the chance to impress. If you’ve already followed the advice from our previous point, then your property should be sparkling!
The more well-presented and attractive your property looks, the more it will appeal to renters, so stage your property as if it were a show home. Accessories to look out for that offer the show home aesthetic are vases, coffee tables and flowers. For small spaces, open them up with mirrors to help to reflect light in lightshy spaces.
These details are great for the photographs and the viewings. If you’re letting the property unfurnished, you may still want to take this approach to show the potential of the space.

Create that polished look

If your space needs a quick refresh as a result of the walls looking a little scuffed from previous tenants, an affordable yet impactful home improvement is just to give all your walls and skirting boards a lick of paint.

Opt for neutral palettes such as white, stone or taupe to create a relaxing environment and the perfect foundation for your tenants to imagine decorating with their own furniture. Add bright accents to inject a little energy and a hint of personality into the space which won’t overpower the property and, as such, will still allow tenants to be able to visualise the space as their own.

If your property is being let on the market as fully-furnished, ensure that furniture is clean, working and safe to use. If furniture is looking a little worn from years of being used by previous tenants, then this will stand out to prospective tenants when they come to view the property. With this in mind, it’s a good idea to get rid of anything which is a little tired-looking and replacing it with something newer and more modern. The replacements don’t have to be expensive, however it’s important that they look and feel fit for function.

Update practical areas

 Practical areas are the rooms your prospective tenants will scrutinise the most as ultimately, they’re the highest-traffic areas in the house, and the space which they will get the most use out of.
Some essentials to add to your checklist are making sure you have a clean and fully working microwave and a fully functioning refrigerator and freezer.

To create a more refined look, replace door handles and cabinet pulls - you could even replace tired carpets with some hard-wearing laminate flooring, or install a beautiful granite worktop which will be sure to wow your tenants if your budget allows for it. After all, it’s all about creating the impression that your property is well looked after and will stand the test of time during their tenancy.
Another important space to consider is the bathroom - here, cleanliness should be at the forefront of your priorities. After a deep-clean, upgrade any fixtures and fittings to ensure that the shower, toilet and sink are functioning properly. Neat edging sealant around the bathtub/shower and Any minor hardware updates such as cabinet handles or light switches will contribute to a well-maintained aesthetic and should be kept on top of regularly.

Small design updates could be the perfect way to give your property additional appeal and ensure the letting process is as quick and easy as possible.
Your letting agent may be able to inform you of the additional extras that similar properties in the area have, so you can be sure to dazzle your potential tenants.
We hope that with these tips, your property will stand out from the competition, and that you’ll find your perfect tenant in no time.

This post was provided by Sophie Armstrong, a content creator for granite and quartz worktop specialists Burlington Granite, who provide a full bespoke worktop solution by offering templating, cutting, polishing and fitting, all driven by 25 years of industry experience.


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