Landlords looking to attract high-quality tenants that will pay on time and treat their dwellings with respect will need to provide a few essentials. Before we start thinking of the finer details, it’s worth running through a checklist of the things that every tenant has the right to expect. If the foundations are subsiding, in other words, it’s rarely worth concerning yourself with the state of the wallpaper.
Keeping on top of the essentials might mean working with a small group of trustworthy contractors. Plumbers, electricians, cleaners, and other professionals might be brought in to ensure that the building is fit for human habitation. This is a legal duty, in many cases.
Let’s take a look at some key areas of concern.
A well-furnished property will attract tenants. Generally speaking, this means catering to the lowest common denominator and disregarding personal taste. It’s better to offer something that will appeal to a broad range of possible occupants than it is to go for something niche.
There are many different styles of sofas, desks, and countertops to choose from. Base your decision around the décor, and the space available. If you provide quality furniture to your guests, then they will tend to treat it with respect. A well-worded rental contract will help to protect you against damage.
Before your tenants can move in, you will need to make sure that they can receive electricity, gas, and water. This means bringing in professionals to perform the necessary checks.
If you have a little bit of knowledge on how to work with electricity yourself, then you might be tempted to save on the cost of a contractor, especially if the job is small. However, this could land you in legal trouble. It’s better to know your limits and err on the side of caution. Changing a plug socket is possible, but if you’re replacing a current transformer or some other potentially dangerous component, it’s time to call in an electrician.
It’s fair to say that a well-stocked kitchen is a living requirement for most of us. You might expect your tenants to provide their cutlery, plates, and cups. This will lower the chances that your tenants will accidentally injure themselves using the equipment you’ve provided.
The more storage space you can provide, the clearer and tidier the property will end up. Bespoke furniture will tend to make maximum use of the available space, so it tends to be a good idea. A selection of cleaning caddies will allow cleaning supplies to be easily moved around the property – which will make life much more convenient for both you and your tenants.