Landlords

Landlords: Our Services

 
We appreciate that every landlord is different, in terms of the extent to which you want to be involved in the letting and management of your property.

You may have already worked out what level of service is for you. If you haven’t, why not have a look at the details of our 3 services and we can help you decide on the best one for your individual needs.

We promise to landlords competitive fees, a personal and professional service and exceptional property marketing.

 

Fees and other costs

As a prospective landlord, you’ll want to be aware of all possible fees and costs before letting your property. It’s not just agency fees you’ll need to consider. We’ve put together this helpful list of other costs you might want to factor in.

 

Agency fees

Fees differ from agent to agent and they also depend on the type of service you require. Choosing the agent that offers the lowest fees isn’t necessarily the best option, as you may receive a poor level of service. Our fees are highly competitive, whilst ensuring the highest level of customer service and professionalism is maintained.

We understand all landlords have different requirements so contact us today for our bespoke fees, services and current offers.

 

Other costs to think about

  • Landlord set up fees (if applicable)
  • Initial costs of preparing the property ready for renting such as redecoration and cleaning
  • Legalities such as gas safety certificates, energy performance certificates etc
  • Ongoing cost of repairs and maintenance
  • Cost of any emergencies, for which we advise a contingency fund
  • Vacant periods
  • Building insurance and contents insurance for any fixtures, fittings and furnishings you own

 

Preparing your property

We’ve compiled a handy list of practical hints and tips you might want to consider when letting out a property. This list will help to ensure your property appeals to the wider market and gives your agent the best chance to find you great tenants.

 
The External

This is the first view your potential tenants will have of your property, so you should focus on optimising its appearance or ‘curb appeal’.

  • Tidy up the front and back garden – this includes removing weeds, trimming hedges, adding some new plants if necessary, clearing any dead or unsightly plants and mowing the lawn;
  • Repair cracks, holes or blemishes in the driveway or walls;
  • Give the window frames and door a lick of paint if required;
  • Make sure the house number is clearly visible;
  • Keep rubbish and rubbish bins out of sight.

 
The Interior

  • De-clutter;
  • Create more space by moving some furniture into storage, tidy away or remove unnecessary objects, books and knick-knacks, clear out cupboards and wardrobes of non-essential items;
  • Make minor repairs – fix leaky taps and cracks in the walls, replace broken or crooked tiles, replace burnt-out light bulbs and make sure everything works;
  • Clean thoroughly from top to bottom, including carpets, floors, windows, fixtures and fittings;
  • Eradicate unpleasant odours, like pet smells and cigarette smoke;
  • Decorate rooms if required, a lick of paint can re-energise the appearance of a room immediately;
  • Ensure your property is clean, tidy, presentable and free from damage such as damp;
  • Ensure your property is free from serious disrepair and structurally sound.  If your property is suffering from conditions such as subsidence ensure these are resolved at the earliest opportunity.

 
Unfurnished

Unfurnished properties are by far the most popular for rental purposes. This is generally an empty property that includes carpets, curtains, fixtures and fittings. White goods may be left especially if you have any built in. The rental figure achieved for unfurnished properties is very often the same as letting a furnished property.

 
Furnished

A property that is ready for occupation with all furniture, beds, linen and kitchen utensils. All furniture fabrics and upholstery must comply with fire regulations. Most furniture manufactured after 2nd March 1990 and purchased from a reputable supplier should comply with current fire/safety regulations. Below is a list of the items that are covered under the Fire Regulations 1988. These items need to have a recognised fire label that is visible:

 
Items to check

  • Sofa Beds;
  • Futons;
  • Headboards;
  • Mattresses;
  • Nursery Furniture;
  • Garden Furniture, where padded;
  • Scatter cushions or seat pads;
  • Pillows;
  • Loose and stretch covers for furniture.

 
Items that are exempt:

  • Curtains;
  • Carpets;
  • Pillowcases;
  • Loose covers for mattresses;
  • Sleeping Bags;
  • Furniture made before 1950.