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SPC Scotland's advice for landlords on how to attract tenants to your property

by SPC Scotland on 14/05/2016

Property presentation

It is essential that you showcase your property in the best light possible. The rental market is extremely competitive and those properties that look the best generally secure tenants quicker and at a higher rent. Your property should appeal to a wide market in terms of décor and cleanliness. Potential tenants really value properties that have been looked after by the landlord and agent, and which offer a comfortable, attractive living space.

Cleanliness

It goes without saying that properties should be cleaned to a professional standard before the tenants move in, and they should be clean and tidy for all viewings. A professionally cleaned oven can make it look like new and windows should also be cleaned inside and out. If the property has been empty for a while, dust can gather so a sparkle clean may be required before tenants move in.

Décor

Neutral décor appeals to a wider market - so choose colours that can be adapted rather than tones and patterns that are loud, or not to everyone's taste. Tenants can then add their own personality to the property with soft furnishings and pictures instead of trying to fit round someone else's style.

Marketing is key

In this fast-paced property market, tenants tend to start their search on the internet and will be drawn to the best photos. It is important that your property is marketed to its very best. Photographs should show all rooms and offer the best representative of your property. Remove all clutter and de-personalise, so that you don't put off potential tenants.

Look after your tenants

Both landlords and tenants deserve an excellent management service. They want peace of mind that should anything go wrong in the property they have someone to contact that will be helpful, responsive and effective in remedying the issue promptly. Happy tenants mean happy landlords, and this results in a well looked after property.

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