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Changes and updates to make each time a tenant moves out

Your tenants have moved out and you want to get the rent rolling in again as soon as possible. But taking a bit of time to make much-needed updates to your property between tenancies can have real benefits, for them and for you.

If you want to maximise your property’s appeal and attract the right kind of tenant, here are a few things you’ll need to think about.

Bricks and mortar

When your property is empty, it’s a great chance to have a good look around and deal with any issues that have arisen over the course of the previous tenancy. There might be minor repairs to make or potential preventative action that needs to be taken to avert future issues, such as replacing missing roof tiles or resealing windows, baths and showers.

Make sure you have a good look around for signs of mould or mildew, and make sure they’re dealt with and the cause identified too. If you’re thinking of updating the property by adding an extension, new kitchen or bathroom, now’s a great time to do it, as you might be able to increase your rental price once work is complete – and your tenant won't have to deal with the disruption.

White goods and furnishings

If your property is furnished or part-furnished, you’ll need to check all appliances and furnishings as soon as a tenant moves out to deal with any faults or log any damage. Check any electrical appliance are in good repair, and you might want to make sure fridges, microwaves and cookers get a good clean too, to get everything shipshape for new tenants moving in.

If anything has been damaged and hasn’t been reported to you before now, you may need to discuss with your outgoing tenants, as it could affect how much of their deposit they get back.

Décor and cleaning

If you property’s been occupied for a while, there are likely to be a few aesthetic updates that need doing, such as freshening up paintwork and repairing fixtures and fittings. A deep clean is a great idea too, to ensure your property’s looking at its very best. A newly decorated, clean space is likely to appeal more to prospective tenants than scuffed walls and greasy appliances, so spend a little time and money making your property as attractive as possible.

Flooring

Carpets can look shabby quite quickly in rental properties, especially if you chose the cheapest option or a light, neutral shade. Changing the carpets in your property can make a massive difference, doesn’t take long to do and doesn’t have to cost a fortune; though consider investing in the most hard-wearing style you can, to make sure it stays looking good for longer.

If you’ve got lino, tiles or laminate flooring, you might need to repair or replace boards or tiles that have moved or chipped – not only to keep the place looking its best but to prevent trips and falls.

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