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Guide to letting

April 17th 2015
By: Jon
Guide to letting

If you’re thinking about letting your property or have recently bought a property which you would like to let - here’s a checklist of the things you should consider in order to maximise your income.

First impressions really do count, so make sure the first time your prospective tenants see the property, it’s as well presented as it can be.

  •             Repair any cracks or damages in the driveway/paths or walls.
  •             Tidy up the front and back gardens – weed, trim, mow the grass.
  •             Touch up or repaint any paint on window frames or doors.
  •             Keep rubbish and bins out of the way.
  •             Make sure the number is visible.

 
There are a number of health and safety standards that will need to be met if you’re letting your property with furniture or appliances.  You can find out more information about them through speaking directly to our Lettings Hubs on 020 8687 0077.

If your property is currently occupied, declutter as much as possible before showing tenants around.  Clear all non essential items and pack away anything you’re not using in order to create an impression of space.

Fix everything that’s broken or cracked, including replacing any lightbulbs, cleaning any damp marks in a bathroom or kitchen.  Take some time to redecorate a tired room to revitalise its appearance. It could really make a big difference to how quickly you can rent out your property and the rental you can charge.

Before you can let your property, you’ll need to ask your mortgage lender, insurance company and your freeholder (especially if you wish to
let a leasehold flat).

Once you have prepared your property, choosing an agent to let it will be an important decision.  Goodfellows will advertise your property quickly through online portals as well as directly calling all registered applicants. We are able to offer a fully managed let as well as locating tenants for you.  To find out more call into one of our offices for a chat, or contact us on the above telephone number.