Top money-saving tips for Landlords preparing a property to let

Top money-saving tips for Landlords preparing a property to let

Preparing a property in an effective way prior to making it available to rent can help landlords to secure a quality tenant and a great rental return.

Allison Thompson, lettings director at Leaders, says: “Presenting a home to rent in an appealing way, with quality fixtures and fittings, is a must for attracting good tenants and getting the best possible rent.

But it can be expensive and time-consuming so landlords need to find the right balance between short-term costs and long-term gains. Over the years Leaders has guided thousands of landlords in preparing their properties for letting in a way that will help them to secure and keep good tenants and maximise their returns while saving time and money in the long run.”

Allison has revealed her top tips designed to help landlords with this important part of the letting process:


Décor:

Stick to neutral colours throughout to ensure your property appeals to all types of tenants. Opt for high-quality paints as the colour will last longer and you will need to redecorate less frequently. Fit doorstops on every door to protect walls from being damaged by door handles.

Flooring:

Fit the same carpet or wood flooring throughout as much of the property as possible as you should receive a discount for buying in bulk. Put large remnants aside to be used for patching up damaged areas to avoid the expense of new flooring. Use a stain resistant carpet and good quality underlay so it lasts longer.

Kitchen:

A modern kitchen will attract tenants and a better rent. If you are fitting worktops it pays to fit it in sections so that if it gets damaged you can replace just one section rather than the whole worktop. Choose standard size and shape tiles only in readily available colours as they cost less and can be easily replaced if damaged. Kit out the kitchen with catering-quality crockery, as these items are less likely to chip or crack and can be replaced on an item-by-item basis should any be broken.

Bathroom:

Choose a power shower over an electric one as they tend to scale up less, are more reliable and typically do not need to be replaced as frequently so will save you money in the long run. Your tenants will appreciate a good shower too.

Bedrooms:

Built-in wardrobes in bedrooms add value and, with a fresh lick of paint, can be made to look as good as new at any time. It can also save you having to buy and replace standalone wardrobes in furnished properties.

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SecomTech 22 Jun 2017

AT Last...This was discussed years ago and there was a move towards landlords registering their bad tenants on a database..(can't remember where) It seems a logical step though our leaders will probably...

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Bertrand
Bertrand 02 Jun 2017

How about the Welsh Govt introducing a scheme to protect landlords against "rogue" tenants who are then taken to court for criminal damage to the properties they trash. Pretty unlikely I suspect and politically...

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AmberMorris 25 May 2017

"Please don't pick a novelty tune-playing doorbell. They're not 'fun'. They're stupid." Laughed a lot to this. It's actually true, though.

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Oliver Conway
Oliver Conway 18 May 2017

Making a neat inventory is a good idea, but if the seller is not willing to provide it, can the buyer demand it?

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Bertrand 17 May 2017

First step to nationalisation of the private rented sector IMHO. Nanny state poking their noses into things yet again. I object, as a decent landlord, sometimes having to deal with some pretty awful tenants,...

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paul burnham 30 Apr 2017

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CommercialTrust 28 Apr 2017

Sadiq Khan?s announcement of an online database of landlords and letting agents who have been convicted of housing offences, appears on face value to be a variation of the already implemented Database

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warren
warren 26 Apr 2017

You're very welcome Mary! Glad you enjoyed them :)

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Mary Ward
Mary Ward 26 Apr 2017

Thank you for the wonderful ideas. First impressions can make or break a deal. It's sadly that many homeowners drop the kerb to create an off-street parking space.

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Tony Gimple 14 Apr 2017

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