These should be modern, contemporary and fully equipped. Tenants expect a dishwasher, large fridge/freezer, washing machine with either a tumble dry function, or preferably, a seperate unit, microwave, hob and oven. It is important to provide the instruction manuals for all properties.
Floor tiling rather than carpet and power showers are recommended. Storage cupboards, mirrors and double basins in master bathrooms are a big plus.
Storage space is essential. Plenty of fitted wardrobes in each bedroom, hall cupboards to accommodate coats, hoover and shelving units in the reception rooms.
Clean and tidy to view with neutral decoration throughout, preferably in one colour. Clean windows are also very important.
Wooden floors are generally preferable in the reception rooms and hallways but if this is not possible keep the carpet light and in a neutral colour.
Curtains & Blinds
These should be in good order, clean and a neutral colour or design that compliment the colour of the walls and carpet.
The exterior of the property should be freshly painted, where necessary. The gardens should be planted with seasonal plants and kept tidy, well maintained and in good decorative order. Any garages and cellars should be made available for the use of the tenants.
While the property is being shown:
• First impressions always count and it is very important to ensure the property is clean and tidy, including the windows.
• The property should be well aired, as smells of damp, old cooking and unaired bedrooms do not create an ideal letting environment.
• Freshly made beds will give the property a homely feel ensuring that the bedspread/throws and cushions are kept neutral.
• Lighting will make a huge difference when viewing a property, so make sure good light fittings are installed.
• Heating systems are essential to give tenants a good supply, especially in the Winter months