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How to get your property “Tenant Ready”

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As a Landlord, one of the most daunting aspects of renting out a property on the market is getting a tenant. One sure-fire way to bag a potential tenant's interest is to make your house as appealing and inviting as possible. Here are some tips to making your house market perfect.

1. Space

One of the things tenants are most interested in is the amount of space available in a prospective property. How you decorate your property can have a surprising impact on the amount of space that appears to be available. Light, airy colours help to give the impression of more space, while darker colours can make a room seem much smaller than it actually is. Emphasising the space your property has is particularly important in hallways and other rooms that may appear small and uninviting. Mirrors and other reflective surfaces can also help to give the illusion of more space by reflecting light into dingy corners.

2. Flooring

One of the first things you notice when you walk into a property is the flooring. Offering a property with a carpet that was once a beautiful, lush, cream colour but is now stained and more like a flat beige rug isn't going to get you many bidders.

If you are thinking of installing a new floor, avoiding carpet is always a good shout. Although carpets are inviting and cosy, they're easily stained. The most common colours installed in rented homes are creams and beiges - colours that go with everything, but are easily dirtied. Wood floors, on the other hand, are guaranteed to match almost any style or colour of decor, and are easy to care for; spillages can be quickly mopped without causing permanent damage, and they have the potential to look newer for longer compared to carpet. There is an array of different types of wood flooring options available, from hard wood to engineered wood to laminate. Companies like Discount Flooring Depot have a wide range of types to choose from.

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3. Decor

There's nothing more unappealing than a badly decorated house - a house that's not colour coordinated, that has yellowing paint peeling off the doors and wall paper dripping pathetically off the walls. Before you put your house on the letting marketing, make sure to give it another lick of gloss and consider changing your colour scheme if it's a bit gaudy. As mentioned above, light colours give the impression of more space, and make room seem airy and more inviting. They also provide a simple but effective base on which your tenants can develop their own personal style.

4. Asking price

If you’re looking to attract a tenant, look at the prices of other houses in your area that are similar in size to yours and let that influence your asking price. Your letting agency will be able to offer you help and guidance when it comes to your asking price.