1 Advertise Widely
Do not limit yourself to a single means of advertising. The more methods of advertising you use, the faster you are likely to rent your property. Consider internet advertising (sites such as Gumtree accept private adverts whilst social networking sites such as Facebook allow you ask distant friends and family if they know anyone needing rental property), letting agents, posters on work notice-boards, adverts in local papers and, last but by no means least, ask friends and colleagues if they know of anyone looking to rent.
2 Create Kerb Appeal
Kerb appeal is not just important for obtaining a quick house sale, it is also important for obtaining a quick property rental. A rental house that has flowerbeds that are overgrown with weeds but few flowers, grass that is overly long, hedges that take the light from the house and doors and windows that are thick with dirt and cobwebs is unlikely to rent as quickly as a house that has an attractive frontage. Prospective tenants, like prospective buyers, sometimes drive past potential properties before making an appointment and they also form quick decisions as to whether they wish to rent a property.
3 Create an Attractive Interior
In order to rent your property quickly, create an attractive interior. As with when you wish to create a quick house sale, decorate your property with warm, neutral colours so as to appeal to the majority of people. If renting a furnished property, then choose coordinating furniture that will also appeal to the majority of your prospective tenants - our Ipswich rental flats are modern flats and we find that cream leather sofas and a light wood-veneer finish on both the furniture and kitchen cupboards appeals to both young professionals and older divorcees.
Try to avoid furnishing your house or flat with an assortment of non-matching furniture – this can make your property rent slower and can even force you to accept a lower rent than a similar non-furnished property would achieve.
4 Ensure that the Rental Property has the Right Basics
In order to achieve a competitive rent for your property, there are a few essentials you must provide: central heating and hot water, a good fitted kitchen with a modern cooker, adequate storage cupboards and work-surfaces and a modern bathroom suite, preferably with a separate bath and shower or, at a minimum, a bath fitted with a stand-up shower attachment.
An old kitchen or old bathroom suite can stop a property from renting quickly and it is often worth investing in a modern kitchen or bathroom. Unless you are aiming for the high-end executive or corporate rentals, you can generally shop around to achieve a reasonably-priced job that still looks attractive.
In addition to the above, also ensure that tenants have adequate storage space – if renting a furnished property, provide adequate wardrobe and drawer space.
Whilst not essential to all rental properties, providing Broadband and/or a Sky TV box gives you brownie points with modern tenants.
5 Create a Cared-For Impression
Most tenants want to rent a house or flat that is well-cared for and that will be problem free. If you try to rent a property that has cracked windows, leaking bathroom taps and broken kitchen cupboards, then the tenant will have little confidence that bigger issues – such as a boiler breakdown – will be resolved quickly. Your rental property will also fail to impart the feel good factor that a well-cared for property will give.
One important aspect of presenting a cared-for property is to ensure that the house or flat is scrupulously clean throughout. Prospective tenants do not want to sleep on a dirty mattress or use a dirty kitchen or bathroom.
In general, although exceptions obviously occur, if tenants move into a well-cared for, clean rental property they will treat it with more respect than if they move into a tatty, neglected property.
James has a number of Ipswich rental flats – see flats to rent in Ipswich and offers a quick house sale to house-owners - see house sale quick ; his website company designed a website for a Suffolk bathroom company – see bathroom Bury-St-Edmunds .