Five Things to Do Before Welcoming New Tenants

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Come on in, landlords and don’t forget to wipe your feet on your own welcome mat. So, you’re welcoming new tenants very soon? It’s time to put on your landlord hat and buckle up for the true adventure that is renting out your property. But before your tenants start plotting where to put their favourite houseplants or debating the best spot for their cosy bean bag chair, let’s make sure you’ve got everything in order. Here’s our five point essential guide to help you prep for your soon-to-be happy new tenants.

 

The property inspection showdown

Long before your tenants make their grand entrance, it’s showtime for the property inspection. Grab your clipboard and camera and document every corner of your property like a seasoned paparazzo. This part is essential to identify any maintenance or repair issues that require attention. Check for plumbing leaks, electrical faults, signs of damp, and any other areas that may affect the tenant’s comfort and safety. Addressing these issues proactively not only enhances the tenant’s living experience but also helps you maintain the value of your property in the long term. Consider creating a detailed checklist to ensure you cover all essential areas during the inspection. And make any necessary repairs or improvements before welcoming the new tenants.

 

Spruce up your digital presence

In today’s digital age, the online realm plays a significant role in the rental market. Before listing your property for rent, it’s essential to spruce up your digital presence to attract quality tenants. Start by creating an eye-catching listing on popular property rental platforms, accompanied by high-quality photos that highlight your property’s best features. Craft a compelling description that showcases the unique aspects of your property and provides all the necessary details for prospective tenants. Additionally, consider leveraging social media platforms to reach a broader audience and generate interest in your rental property. A strong digital presence not only increases your property’s visibility but also sets the stage for a successful tenant search. And remember, all of this hard work can be carried out professionally by a seasoned, local lettings agent…. Coo eeh!

 

Secure the fortress: landlord Insurance to the rescue

Picture this: your property is under attack by the forces of nature, unruly tenants, or mischievous pets. What do you do? Protecting your property and finances is a top priority for any landlord. Having the right insurance coverage is essential for safeguarding your investment. Before welcoming a new tenant, review your current landlord insurance policy to ensure it provides adequate coverage for your property and liabilities. Consider factors such as buildings and contents insurance, public liability coverage, and loss of rent protection. Assess whether your current policy meets your needs or if you need to upgrade or add additional coverage to enhance your protection. Having comprehensive insurance coverage in place can provide you with peace of mind and financial security in case of unforeseen events or emergencies. Landlord insurance is akin to a rather fetching superhero cape. Swooping in to save the day when things go awry.

 

Craft the welcome package of dreams

Forget boring welcome baskets. It’s time to level up your game with a welcome package that’ll make your tenants’ hearts soar. Include all the essential info they need to kickstart their new life in your fabulous abode. Include copies of your property’s energy performance certificate (EPC), the Government’s How to Rent guide, and your Gas and Electrical Safety certificates. As well as appliance manuals, emergency contact numbers, information on local services and facilities. And any specific instructions for using appliances or utilities in the property. Think of it as a care package for the modern tenant. Complete with tips on recycling, emergency contacts, and the best local takeaway spots. It is very important this part has been carried out, as failing to do so may result in you not being able to issue a section 21 notice if you need to evict your tenants in the future. It will also help ease a potential barrage of questions and demands once they’ve moved in and can’t figure out how to turn the heating on or close the windows.

 

Operation: Deep clean and detective work

Let’s face it – your property will need a little TLC and a deep clean before your new tenants start calling it home sweet home. It’s time to channel your inner cleaning guru and unleash your investigative skills. Put on your detective hat and scour every nook and cranny for hidden dust bunnies and mysterious stains. Remember, a clean space is a happy space! Plus, you might uncover some long-lost treasures (or questionable items) left behind by previous tenants. It’s like a real-life episode of CSI: Landlord Edition.

 

 

Bonus point

Don’t forget to take those final meter readings and pass them on to the new tenants!

Preparing for welcoming new tenants as a landlord doesn’t have to be a snooze-fest. With a dash of good humour, a sprinkle of flair, and a large dose of preparation. You can ensure a smooth and successful transition for you and your new tenants. Building a strong foundation based on communication, compliance, and proactive maintenance can lead to a successful and rewarding landlord-tenant journey. Creating a win-win situation for both parties. So, put on your landlord hat, roll up your sleeves, and get ready to welcome your new tenants with open arms. Let the renting adventures begin…

Contact us:

mark@daviesdavies.co.uk – Sales Director (contact for sales, lettings and new homes)

katrina@daviesdavies.co.uk – Head of Property & Block Management (contact for property and block management)

020 3820 2492

Davies & Davies Estate Agents, 85 Stroud Green Road, London, N4 3EG

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