Landlords need to make sure that their property is properly prepared for tenants so that they can quickly settle and start enjoying life in their new home. There are a few areas that you should focus on as a landlord that will help you to get your property prepared for your new tenants and hopefully help them to start enjoying life in your property.
Firstly, you want to make sure that the home is cleaned to a professional standard from top to bottom. People want to feel like they are the first people that have lived there and that the home is clean, healthy and hygienic (especially since the pandemic). This is why it is always a good idea to hire a professional cleaning company prior to any new tenants moving in so that they can get the property in the best condition.
You do not want your tenants calling you up on the first day to report a problem with any of the facilities. Therefore, you should test and check all facilities and appliances are working properly well in advance of the move-in date – this will give you enough time to resolve any issues. You will want to make sure that appliances have been PAT tested where needed to ensure that they are safe to use. Many landlords prefer to use a letting agent to manage the property so that any problems can be dealt with, which can make being a landlord a lot easier and allow you to enjoy passive income.
If you are providing a furnished property for your new tenants then you should inspect every piece of furniture to ensure that it is functional, in good condition and comfortable. If you have furniture that is worn and has seen better days, you might want to consider a replacement. You want the property to feel as inviting and comfortable as possible and the furniture will play a major role in this.
It is also a good idea to provide a welcome back for your new tenants. This should include a welcoming letter, important paperwork, contact information, keys and manuals for the appliances. You could also make them feel welcome and create an instant connection by providing them with a welcome hamper filled with wine, snacks, candles and anything else that will help them to feel settled in the home.
These are the main areas to focus on when getting your property ready for new tenants. It is important to get off to a good start with new tenants and you will want them to feel happy and settled in their new home, so you need to get the property ready and in the best condition for their first day.