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How to attract the best possible tenants to your investment property
Finding good tenants is not always easy, and when you have them you obviously want to hold onto them. Here are a few tips:
• If you are going to paint your new property, keep it neutral so that the tenant can visualise their furniture in it and not worry about colours clashing.
• Ensure your property is clean – especially the bathrooms and kitchen. The best prospective tenants are notoriously
picky about cleanliness and will go through the property with a fine toothcomb. (I know of one tenant who actually looked on top of the kitchen cupboards to see if they were clean.)
• As bathrooms and kitchens are key selling points a few handy tricks can liven up an out-dated area. Paint over old tiles, sand and paint cabinets, replace old taps
(especially leaking ones) and towel rails. These simple and fairly inexpensive improvements can breathe life back into
any kitchen or bathroom and will certainly impress the prospective tenant.
• If families are your target market you should also focus on the condition of any carpets in the property.
• Letting light into your property can make a huge difference to the way the property feels and looks. Cleaning the windows can bring a flood of light into a room and make the area feel more spacious.
• Keep clutter to a minimum; don’t leave out cleaning materials or DIY products on display.
• Clean the garden area, mow the lawn and remove any rubbish.
• Don’t leave bins out when the house is open for viewing.
• Make sure that all outdoor/indoor light fittings are in working order.
The more attractive you make your property to potential tenants the more likely you are to receive quality applicants who will treat it as their home.