Tenants might live in your rental property for as long as someone else lives in a house they’ve bought, so it is only fair that they will set similar standards when looking for their new home.
Different tenants will have different needs and wants from their new home. For example;
• Families will be looking for space, a garden, a local school, local amenities and parking.
• Students will be looking for public transport links, something close to their place of study and a selection of pubs and takeaways.
Therefore, it is important to decide what your target market is first. However, all tenants will be looking for something clean, attractive and well maintained.
Prepare your Property for Letting
When people visit your property with the thought of letting it from you, it is important that they can picture themselves living there. Therefore, it is better to offer the property as a blank canvas. Remove pictures and photos from the walls – it is unlikely that their taste will match yours.
When decorating or choosing new furnishings it is best to stick to neutral colours. Paint the walls rather then papering them and do not spend a fortune. A tenant may only stay for 6 months and you may find that you have to smarten the place up before you re-advertise it.