Castleford Landlords - What Are Tenants Looking For?

21st January 2019 posted in Landlords

As a landlord, you need to be aware of what tenants are looking for. It is vital that you present your home in a manner that appeals to likely tenants. If you have a specific tenant in mind, it is imperative that you know what they want from a rental property, and then set your home up to appeal to these tenants.

At Hunters Castleford, we are pleased to say we have helped many landlords prepare and present their home for tenants. This guide provides insight into some elements that matter to tenants, allowing you to present your home in the most effective manner.

Natural light is always a winner for tenants

All tenants enjoy natural light. This may not be a request that is high on many people’s priorities but it makes a massive difference when people walk into a house or a room.

If you are expanding your rental portfolio, consider the importance of natural light. However, if you are looking to maximise the appeal of existing homes, it is vital you make the most of natural light in every room.

You should draw back your curtains and ensure that nothing blocks the light from spreading around the home. Arranging cupboards, wardrobes and tables so they don’t block natural light may make your rental home more appealing for tenants.

Have a clean and clear look that suits your home

It should go without saying that your rental property should be cleaned to a high standard. When it comes to fixtures and fittings, if you offer any, it makes sense to match the overall style of the home. If you are offering a new build property or a relatively recent property, create a contemporary style in the house.

However, if you are offering a traditional home, one or two period pieces will add to the sense of charm on offer from the property. There is no universal way to style a home for tenants but if you take the style of property as your lead, you should be able to find affordable and simple solutions that make a rental property come to life.

Can you offer storage space?

Storage space is hugely important for many tenants and the more you can offer, the more appealing your rental home is likely to be. Even if the storage space is off-site, being able to provide your tenants with more room can make your rental home a standout in a crowded marketplace.

You will also find that tenants are interested in local facilities and amenities. While you cannot do much to control what is in the local area, you can promote the positive facilities on offer in the local area. While savvy tenants will do their own research, there is no harm in presenting prospective tenants with details about local facilities like:

·        Transport options

·        Shops, bars, restaurants, gyms

·        Clubs and groups

·        Schools

·        Crime rates

It is important to promote the positive features of your home but as a landlord, you should also look to promote the positive elements of your local area.

At Hunters Castleford, we are proud to support the local area and the local community. If you are a Castleford landlord looking to let your home in an effective manner, contact us and we will do our best to assist you.