Tips for Preparing a Property for Rent or for Sale

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Property is probably the most expensive thing you will ever buy or rent, or you may be lucky enough to own property that you can let to other people. Regardless of whether the property involved is residential or commercial, there are always certain standards that need to be met to make it desirable. If you are going to sell a property or rent one out to other people, you will need to ensure that it is well prepared, or you will find there are no takers. Here are just a few tips to help you make your property attractive to prospective purchasers or tenants.

Empty the Rooms

Unless you are letting a property furnished, you should empty all the rooms as this will make them look larger. If you are letting or selling a property furnished, make sure it is not cluttered and just has the minimum requirements. Too much furniture will shrink the rooms to the eye and make people dubious about proceeding.

Check All Gas and Electric Installations

The next thing that should be done is to check that the property is safe. The biggest danger in any type of home or commercial premises is often from the gas and electrical installations. You have a moral responsibility to make sure you do not sell a property that has problems with either, and if you are renting a property out, this becomes a legal responsibility.

These are not jobs that you should attempt to do yourself. You should always use qualified and registered engineers, or you could be putting lives at risk.

Is the Paintwork in Good Condition?

Nothing screams neglect more than peeling paint on windows, doorframes or walls. If this is the case, make sure that the offending paintwork is stripped back to its base material. Then it needs to be primed and repainted. This will help to make the property much more appealing to anyone that views it and is well worth the effort involved.

You should also check the walls to see if they need a coat of paint to freshen them up. Fill in any holes first for the best effect.

Invest in a Good Clean

A property that has been well cleaned will not only look better, but it will also smell fresher too. Companies like Regional Services based in London specialise in cleaning, and they will do a better job than you would manage yourself. This is because they are experts in this field and know the best way to ensure that your property is cleaned to the highest standards. You can find more details here about deep cleaning and also about ongoing services for the tenants or buyers once they have moved in.

Having clean windows is also a plus as then more natural light will seep through, and that is always good for any viewers to see.

This is also the time to see if there are any signs of an infestation of insects, rats or mice. If there is, it should be dealt with straight away because it is a problem that will only get worse if it is ignored.

Mark Stanford is a pest expert from Empire Pest Control

“Spotting signs of pests is critical, if you see any droppings, scratch marks, holes, or even dead animals then it is time to call in the professionals before renting a property out.”

The Gardens or Grounds

If the gardens or grounds to your property are overgrown and look like a rubbish tip, prospective buyers or tenants may be deterred from looking at the inside. Too many people forget that a property has to look good from the outside to attract viewers, and the surrounds of the property are an important part of this.

If the property is residential, it could be a case of just mowing the lawns, weeding the flower beds and trimming any hedges or trees. However, if it is a commercial property, it could be a little more complex. You could need to arrange waste disposal to get rid of any rubbish that has accumulated before you can clean up the rest of the outside.

Use Professionals to Help

It does not matter if you are selling or renting, there are a lot of legal procedures that have to be followed, and financial checks that need to be done. You cannot just take someone’s word for it that they earn a certain amount each year so can afford the rent or the mortgage for your property. People often try to scam their way through these things and all they do is waste your time and cost you money.

This is where agents in these matters come into their own. They do not have the emotional ties to your property that you may have and will look at the whole picture to see if the deal makes sense and that you will not lose out. They will also check out anyone that says they want to buy or rent from you, saving you the hassle of attempting to do this yourself.

It is said that preparing property, whether for a buyer or tenant, is one of the most stressful things you can go through, and using professionals can help to make the whole process very much easier.

Written by Julie Hanson

Julie is passionate about property – development, investment and portfolio planning. Along with husband Alec, Julie is actively building a property portfolio while helping others to do the same.


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