Preparing your property

This guide is designed to provide you with comprehensive information about all aspects of letting your property. The Lettings’ market has expanded significantly and the regulations and legislation surrounding letting your property has become increasingly complex.

The first stage of the process of letting your property is for Gilyard Scarth Lettings to carry out a detailed appraisal of your property and a rental valuation. The rental valuation will be based on our knowledge of the current rental market, evidence of comparable properties that have been recently let and historical information. We will also advise you on how to maximise your rental income and desirability to prospective tenants and also how to minimise your expenditure.

Presentation: Your property should be well presented to attract tenants, the décor should ideally be in neutral colours, the carpets again should be neutral and the property should be clean.

Furnishings: The demand for unfurnished properties is much greater than that for furnished properties and there is very little difference in the rent achievable. An unfurnished property should include:

Gardens: If your property has a large garden or a large number of well established shrubs and plants, then it would be advisable to include a gardener to maintain the garden and reflect this in the rent. The Tenancy Agreement will state that it is the tenant’s responsibility to maintain the garden. Annual/bi-annual maintenance such as pruning of hedges/trees should be carried out by the Landlord.

Prior to a tenancy commencing, it is important that a number of actions/activities are undertaken including obtaining the necessary consents for letting and the required safety regulations are adhered to, these are detailed on the next few pages.