Preparing for letting

Various factors have to be taken into account when we advise a landlord on how they should best proceed with their letting. Location, condition and size are important but also prevailing market forces must be taken into account.

A comprehensive assessment of your property can be undertaken by our experienced members of staff visiting your property. During this visit you will have the opportunity to discuss relevant issues in detail and ask any questions you may have. This service is provided free and with no obligation.

Should it be furnished or unfurnished?

Unfortunately there is no right or wrong but as a rule of thumb smaller properties which appeal to younger people should be furnished and larger properties which usually appeal to more mature families who often have furniture should perhaps be unfurnished. We do however let many properties which do not follow this so it must also depend upon the landlords’ situation.

Whether furnished or unfurnished all properties should usually include carpets/flooring, curtains/blinds and a cooker.

Furnished properties should include the larger furniture items found in most homes – beds, tables, chairs, lounge suite and white goods. If furnished then of course the better the standard and presentation of furnishings the greater the opportunity to maximise the rent achievable and letting the property quickly.

Linen and towels are not normally included and we strongly advise against leaving television, video or hi-fi equipment as well as crockery, pots and pans. A major consideration for Landlords who have the choice whether to let a property furnished or unfurnished is that there are safety regulations which must be adhered to specifically on furnished properties and there may be Council Tax advantages for unfurnished properties.

Tips on presentation

You should keep in mind that prospective tenants often decide on the property within the first 45 seconds of stepping through the door, so a welcoming presentation is paramount. Neutral décor works best and painted surfaces are easier to maintain than wallpaper. If the property is furnished keep it simple and choose modern contemporary styles. Avoid any “clutter” to make the property appear more spacious.

Gardens should be neat and tidy.