Spring is here at last, and finally the days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer.
And when you have been bunkered in for the winter, spring offers the ideal chance to get outside and see how your property has faired through the winter.
Spring is traditionally the busiest time for property rentals, so if you already have a property for rent, then it’s a good time to go and do some essential checks to make sure everything is ok for your tenants.
The obvious things to check are the guttering, door seals and anywhere that may have been affected by high winds and rain such as roof flashings and chimney breasts.
If you do find any water damage, then make sure you get it repaired immediately, water can cause a lot of expensive damage if not fixed quickly, so make sure you fix a small leak before you have to deal with something bigger.
Spring is also a great time to put your property out to rent, and if you are looking to rent out this spring then there are a few things you can do to give it the best appeal to renters.
Nobody wants to rent a messy home, and first impressions count. So before anyone comes to view your make sure you have removed all of the clutter from all the rooms.
Don’t leave shoes lying round, pick up any coats and clothes up and put them in wardrobes out of sight.
Remember that people coming to view the property are going to imagine themselves living in it, so create space by clearing clutter and removing any personal items such as posters, bikes and excessive furniture, this will go a long way in staging your property to rent out quickly.
Give the place a lick of paint
Now the light is coming back its an ideal time to give your place a spruce up to rent out, when you have viewings it makes a massive difference if your property is bright and airy.
If you have taken the time to declutter then the next step of the process is to bring light into the place. And fresh, bright colours really open a room up and allow the light to give the illusion of greater space than the room may actually have.
Remember you are not decorating for yourself, you are doing it to appeal to potential renters, and so bright neutral colours are the best way forward to make your property appeal to viewers.
Give it a good spring clean
The next item on the list is to give the place a good clean, the two most common areas that both appeal to a viewer, and put off a viewer are the kitchen and bathrooms.
No one wants to walk into a kitchen and see a greasy cooker, or a dirty extractor fan. If there is a fridge in the kitchen, make sure any out of date food is removed and give it a good clean, to get rid of any lingering smells.
In the bathroom make sure the seals round the bath and shower is clean of any mould, same goes for the tiles, for a small expense it is probably worth renewing any silicone seals and touching up the grout to the tiles.
This will make a big difference in how your home is viewed by potential renters.
Give the place a good hoover through, and try to get any rogue stains from the carpets if needed.
If that all seems to daunting, then it may be worth hiring a professional cleaner who specialise in pre tenant cleans, to get the placed spruced up and ready to rent.
Tidy up the outside
If someone is thinking of renting out your property, the first thing they will do is take a drive or a walk past to see what its like, and this is where kerb appeal comes in.
If your place looks unkempt from the outside, they may not even follow through with the appointment to look at all the work you have done to make the inside look great.
Is the garden tidy? Sweep up any leaves from the garden and front step, could the front door do with a lick of paint?
Have the bins been emptied, and now spring is here maybe think about adding a couple of colourful plants via a hanging basket to the front door.
This attention to detail could be the difference between renting out your property quickly, or it sitting on the market for months.
If you need any advice on how to dress your property to make it appealing to viewers, then please don’t hesitate to contact any of our friendly staff at James Kristian, we are on hand to help you get your property rented out quickly.