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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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
Tony Gimple 14 Apr 2017

I'm not at all surprised that so many landlords are still confused about what the tax changes really mean and how it will affect them. In particular, the blind rush to incorporation is leaving landlords...

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MH
MH 13 Apr 2017

You are right that the bank holidays are going to be spoiled in looking for the properties. But people who want to sell their property and looking for the better relocation, they can get benefits of this...

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bnellyb
bnellyb 08 Apr 2017

There will be an exodus of private landlords over the next 5 years as tax changes take effect, private landlords provide an important service to the rental market, why do housing associations and councils...

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Fred Cassman
Fred Cassman 07 Apr 2017

"Make it look like you are at home": often people forget this and share on facebook their location!

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jared townsend
jared townsend 05 Apr 2017

It'll be interesting to see how & if the Government's asset sale regarding mortgages helps

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SecomTech
SecomTech 04 Apr 2017

...and not one mention of the rules on PERMITTED DEVELOPMENT!!! Unless you have studied the plans you will not know...It's probable a high proportion would not need planning permission...BUILDING Control...

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Jonathan
Jonathan 03 Apr 2017

That's a very interesting study indeed. There is no doubt that new services and web apps such as Wonego.com in the UK or Roomster in the US will change the way people look for a flatmate, and that tenants...

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MBM Homelets
MBM Homelets 23 Mar 2017

Although this is a very positive step, there is little or no guarantee of the standard of workmanship employed by the tenants. We have had experience of a professionally decorated property being ' painted'...

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ajay
ajay 21 Mar 2017

How is the "robust evidence" looking now?

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NathanG
NathanG 20 Mar 2017

I've been watching the series so far and am completely baffled by the cases that were presented. Though, I don't think that we can protect ourselves from every scam possible - it will just make the scammers...

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