The property should be in good decorative order and where redecoration is required it is paramount not to decorate to your own, personal tastes. Although it can be hard not to become emotionally attached to an investment property, we recommend that only neutral or light pastel colours are used for walls and that a hard wearing carpet or laminate is used on flooring. Bear in mind that carpet stains much easier and therefore steer clear of very light colours. We would also recommend avoiding very dark colours as this will make a room fell much smaller and may “put off” any potential tenants.
The property must be clean and tidy both internally and externally and all windows should be cleaned. Gardens should be in a tidy condition and should the tenants be required to maintain this condition, the appropriate tools should be supplied. If the landlord intends to supply a gardener, the appropriate arrangements must be finalised prior to commencement of the tenancy so that the arrangement may be recorded in the Agreement.
All appliances including the central heating should be checked and serviced before the tenant occupies the property. Where possible, maintenance contracts should be taken out and details of these, along with the companies involved should be held at our office, together with guarantee registrations. All appliances’ operating manuals and instruction booklets should be left at the property for use by the tenants.
Owners are requested to leave as much information as possible regarding any small “idiosyncrasies” relating to the property and how to deal with them. Instructions relating to the electrical equipment and the central heating system should also be left, as problems often arise when machines break down because they have not been used properly.
A guide for Landlords preparing property
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