First Impressions - Peter Heron
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First Impressions

26 Jun 2014

First Impressions

You only get one chance to make a first impression!

When it comes to letting your home, attention to detail could be pivotal in securing an early let at the best possible rent.

Most Tenants have a good idea of their preferred location, minimum accommodation needs and ideal style of property. Yet it is often presentation that makes the greatest difference.

A well-presented property not only looks more attractive, but also suggests that the landlord cares for it. This in itself can attract a more careful tenant.



So here are a few tips that we hope landlords might find useful:

1.     A new coat of paint on the front door gives a great first impression.
2.     Have the carpets professionally cleaned.
3.     Check that the grouting/sealant in the bathroom are not discoloured.
4.     A bottle of wine in the fridge suggests that you will be a welcoming landlord!
5.     Make sure all the lights work and the house is well-lit - even during the day.
6.     Keep the windows sparkling clean, inside and out.
7.     Ensure the garden is tidy, lawn mown, leaves cleared away, beds attractive. Screen off any unsightly areas.
8.     Check and repair any dripping taps, leaking gutters, squeaking hinges etc..

And if you are currently living in the property you will be renting out:

9.     A tidy property suggest that storage space is not a problem, so make a point of clearing away any unnecessary clothes, toys, magazines, crockery, etc. You never know when you might have a viewing.
10.   Go through your house and donate anything you no longer need to charity.
11.   Avoid hanging too much on the back of doors. Overcrowded hooks prevent doors from opening fully, making rooms look smaller.

When renting out your property, why not contact one of our lettings consultants who will be happy to provide specific advice about preparing your own property for rent without obligation.

Please note the image used is from a current sale property at Bowood Close, Sunderland. More information on the property can be found here.