Top Tips on Preparing a Home to Rent
Looking for some top tips to prepare your Southampton home for rent? Whether you have decided to invest in the property market or have become an ‘accidental landlord’, it’s vital that the property you own is suitable for renting.
This is an important first step. An unclean home will not appeal to tenants and the property is likely to be empty for a long time. Advertising a property without a clean up is setting a low standard to tenants. If you rent out a poorly cleaned property, tenants are likely to think that this is the standard that they are expected to keep the property in, meaning that you could be left with a lot of maintenance work, which can be costly.
Make your home look like new, clean the floors, furniture and windows. Paint the walls and make each room look brighter. Even though you choose who lives in your property, make sure that whoever views your home will actually want to live in it otherwise you may never be able to rent it.
Look at safety
It’s important that your tenants feel safe while living in your property and it’s your legal responsibility to make sure the home is safe. Check that all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working, equip the kitchen with a suitable fire extinguisher and make sure that no electrics are faulty. Research landlords safety responsibilities to ensure that you are fulfilling your duty as a landlord.
Decide what to take and what to keep
Make sure that you discuss with your tenant exactly what will be left for them and what you will remove from the property. This gives them enough time to replace any essential appliances such as cookers or furniture so that there is no confusion when the time comes to move in.
How to manage renting your home
Are you planning to rent your property alone or take some expert property management advice? If you are planning to rent your self make sure that you secure a signed legal lease document from the tenant which you can later refer to.
If you are looking to hire a property management company contact the property experts at Knights Porter today, we will be happy to help.
Inspect your home
Before anything is set in stone you need to consider all of the above and inspect your property to make sure a tenant will be happy to live there. You can do this by cleaning up, looking at the safety of the property and deciding exactly what objects will be included in the tenant’s rent costs.
Screen Tenants carefully
One of the most important things to do when preparing your home to rent is to screen all possible applicants to make sure you choose a reliable tenant which will pay the rent each month on time and take care of your property.
Some questions you should ask a potential tenant are:
- Why are they moving?
- When do they plan to move in?
- Can you get references from a previous landlord? – You can ask previous landlords if the possible tenant was late paying the rent and if they kept the property in good condition.
- Will they give consent to running a credit check?
- How many people will be living in the property?
If you are looking to rent property in Southampton, Knights Porter are expert Estate Agents that are here to help! For more information, check out moure about the rental process here>