How landlords can put a ‘spring’ in their step
Spring is in the air, the rental market is blooming and now is the perfect time for landlords to put an extra ‘spring’ in their step by maximising their income, says haart Residential Lettings Agency.
At this time of the year the most important thing that any landlord can do is to ‘spring-clean’ their precious investment ensuring it stays in good shape for the coming months and attracts the highest rental income possible, advises Managing Director Andrew Berry.
He said: “At the moment there are a large number of potential tenants looking for new properties to rent so it is vital that your rental property stands out from the crowd. We strongly recommend that landlords give their properties a thorough spring-clean not just internally but externally too, to gain the best return on their investment.”
First impressions count so it is important that landlords ensure that externally their rental property not only looks good but is also in good repair. Said Andrew: “Now is a good time to check things like roofing, guttering and brickwork which can all be severely affected during the winter months. This will pay dividends as it will not only make the property attractive to would-be tenants but will help to avoid expensive repairs in the future. It is also wise to pay attention to outside spaces such as gardens and patios as these become particularly important to tenants during the summer months.”
Internally Andrew recommends landlords should consider giving their properties a lick of fresh paint and ensure that things such as light fittings, curtain rails and carpets are in good order. A neutral colour scheme works best and kitchen units and bathroom fittings should also be carefully checked and if necessary replaced. “Tenants are expecting higher and higher standards and in our experience well-cared for properties not only attract higher rents but also the best tenants too,” he said.
Haart is part of the country’s largest independent estate agency group, Spicerhaart, which looks after more than 6,000 rental properties nationwide, and is a member of the Association of Residential Lettings Agents (ARLA).
Andrew Berry, added: “We are always on hand to advise landlords on how they can maximise their investment. The rental market is thriving at the moment and we are firm believers that the way to ensure tenants respect and look after your property is for you to look after your tenants.”
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