Getting Your Home Ready for Letting
Before you decide to let your home, you need to make sure it is prepared. First impressions are vital when it comes to tenant viewings, so you need to ensure your house is looking its best. We’ve been helping landlords with guaranteed rent for a number of years, so we know the areas landlords need to address before they start the letting process.
Complete structural repairs
It goes without saying that you need to fix any structural repairs before you put the house on the rental market. Treat any damp, repaint any flaking areas, fix windows and doors and ensure all fixtures and fittings and working properly.
De-personalise the decor
When preparing your home for letting it is best to have neutral, light and non personal decor. Not only does this give potential tenants a blank canvas to imagine their furniture in, but it also can make it easier for you to spot any damage when it comes to tenants moving out.
Give the property a thorough clean
Cleaning your property from top to bottom is an essential step when you are preparing to let out your property. You want to set the standards high, as the tenant will be committing to keep the property in the same condition they took it in.
Complete a gas safety check
As a landlord you need to complete a yearly gas safety check, this inspects any gas appliance in the property, including boilers, cookers and fires, ensuring they are working properly and safely.
Get an Energy Performance Certificate
It is compulsory to have one of these, and you need to provide the tenant with a copy. You should contact an accredited Domestic Energy Assessor to arrange for one of these to be completed for your property. This certificate gives your home an energy rating from A to G.
Prepare information for the tenant
If you have any instructions or leaflets about how to use certain appliances, bin pick ups or entry instructions, prepare all this in advance to save yourself the hassle of answering questions when they move in.