Tuesday, September 22, 2009

PREPARING RENTAL PROPERTY

Article courtesy of Appleton Letting Agents Reading

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UNFURNISED OR FURNISHED?

At Appleton-Estates.com, we get asked this question a lot, and there is no right or wrong answer. Safety is now an import question and as agent we must ensure your soft furnishings meet with current standards. The Regulations are explained later.

You now get the same legal protection when your property is furnished or unfurnished. Furnished properties used to get higher rents but in today there is not much difference, though smaller properties are often let more quickly when furnished.

PREPARING TO LET UNFURNISHED PROPERTIES

The property should be professionally cleaned throughout including carpets and curtains to all rooms. A property can never be too clean at commencement as this is how the tenant will have to hand back the property at termination.

The kitchen should include Cooker, Fridge/Freezer, Washing machine and dishwasher (optional). The remainder of the property can be entirely unfurnished with the exception of carpets, curtains/blinds and light fittings.

PREPARING TO LET FURNISHED PROPERTIES

A fully furnished property should be ready for immediate occupation without the tenant providing anything but their personal belongings (with the exception of TV/video, Hi-Fi) and should include the following:


Kitchen: Cooker
Fridge/Freezer
Washing Machine/Dryer
Dishwasher (optional)
Microwave (optional)
Electric Kettle & Toaster
Set of Saucepans & Frying Pan
Matching Dinner Service
Cutlery & Kitchen Utensils
Selection of bakeware
Iron & Ironing Board
Vacuum Cleaner
Broom
Dustpan & Brush
Mop & Bucket




Lounge: Three Piece Suite
Coffee Table
Table Lamps
TV Unit/Stand




Bedrooms: Each bedroom should have
Bed & Mattress in good condition
Mattress Covers
New Pillows & Duvet
Wardrobes
Dressing Table & Stool/Chest of drawers
Bedside Table & Lamp




Dining Room: Dining Table with Chairs (suitable for size of property)
Sideboard or equivalent
Placemats




Bathroom: Bathroom Cabinet
Electric Shower (optional but preferable)
Shower Curtain (if applicable)
Mirror
Bath & Pedestal Mat




Garden: (Should be left in a manageable, ’seasonal’ order)
Dustbin
Lawn mover
Gardening Tools
Hosepipe




Garage: Should be left empty with keys

It is important that furnishings, fittings and décor should be of reasonable quality and in keeping with the style of the property. This will make the property more appealing to prospective tenants, improve your prospects of achieving a fair rental value, avoid continual maintenance and repair of low quality items and, we find, encourages tenants to respect the property as if it were their own.