Tips for renting my home

If you have a property to let, we have a range of helpful hints and tips to help you to successfully let your property.

Make it look its best

First impressions count when you’re trying to attract a tenant.

Think about your property’s kerb appeal – how does it look from the outside? If the garden’s untidy, the wheely bins are on show or the garage door needs a lick of paint, these are all easy things to sort out.

Inside the home tenants are more likely to keep the property clean and tidy if it’s in a good state at the start of the tenancy.

Are the carpets clean and in good condition? Is it well decorated? Is everything in good working order? If not, you might need to do a bit of work before showing it to a tenant.

The finishing touches – such as curtain poles and curtains, blinds and carpets – can be important as many tenants would not expect to have to supply these things in a rental property.

Competitive rents

It’s important that you ask a realistic rent for your property.

Look around to see the level of rent being charged by other landlords for properties like yours. Our expert lettings advisors can give you an idea about the rent you could expect your property to generate.

Don’t forget the garden

As mentioned already, if there’s a garden with your property you should make sure that it’s tidy and well maintained. If it’s overgrown this could discourage a potential tenant.

Check your tenants

You will have peace of mind if you know that you’ve got a reliable tenant who will keep up with their rent payments and look after your property in a way that you’d expect.

Carrying out credit checks, asking for references and doing an affordability assessment will help you to find out more about the background of prospective tenants. These are all services that we provide.

Inform your mortgage company

If you have a mortgage on the property, you need to tell the bank or building society that you are renting it out. You also need to arrange landlord’s insurance and tell the freeholder (if you have one).

Getting help

There’s a lot to think about before you can consider renting out your property to prospective tenants.

A lettings agent could help you with all the above activities, including finding a tenant and manage the property on your behalf.

Thirteen offers a comprehensive service for landlords so for more details, visit the letting agent webpage.