As a landlord it is important to keep your tenants happy and comfortable in the property you own but which they call home. It can sometimes be tiresome, not to mention expensive keeping up with all of the demands and requirements that come as part and parcel of being a landlord. Adding things like loft extensions, a new kitchen or bathroom or other refurbishment or extension can be very expensive and may also be unnecessary. However, general property maintenance and some of the smaller jobs can go a long way (source: Property Perfect Solutions).
There are a few quick, easy and fairly inexpensive ways in which you can quite considerably improve the property. It is ultimately dependent on budget, the general state and nature of the property and what you and you tenant(s) agree on. However, all of these are worth considering. One or more of these could see you hold on to your tenants for many years to come as a result of a fairly inexpensive investment. When you take into account how difficult it is to find and keep tenants; it may well be very much worth it in the long run.
Although the weather in the UK doesn’t always allow for enjoying a garden (in any season), the chances are that any opportunity to use garden space will be taken by your tenants. Therefore, why not consider getting a professional gardening or landscaping company to tidy up the garden space, mow the lawn and generally keep things nice and tidy?
If your tenants enjoy the garden as well as their indoor living space, they really will make the place into a home from home. This will keep them there for years to come, avoiding the headache of having to try and find new occupants to fill your property.
Almost as important as the interior, the exterior of the property is often something people take a great deal of pride in. It is therefore worth looking into giving the paintwork a new lick of paint, cleaning out the gutters, tidying up any shrubbery and keeping the driveway and front areas clean and tidy.
In addition, perhaps consider getting a window cleaner from time to time to ensure the windows, glass doors and any skylights are kept in good condition and are clean. This will help more natural light flood into the property, which is always enjoyable and something that will help keep tenants a lot more comfortable.
It is inevitable that any property will undergo a bit of wear and tear and there may also be minor breakages. These are nothing to worry about. However, it is crucial that you remedy these as the landlord as quickly as possible. If your tenants see you mending those little breakages and offering them the support and maintenance as a good landlord does, they will be happy in their home for years to come.
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