Lettings marketing guide: Write your property advert like a human (not an estate agent)

Daniel LeesLettings, Property marketLeave a Comment

Legend tells of one estate agent who described a driveway as a ‘multi-vehicular block paviour parking facility’. That is not the sort of description you want in your advert. Edit out the syrup (see jargon buster below), but make sure you include everything a tenant really wants to know: Where? State not only the area (and don’t call it central … Read More

Lettings marketing guide: Where to advertise your rental property – and how to stand out with great photos

Daniel LeesLettings, Property market1 Comment

How did we ever manage to find homes before the internet? These days more than 90% of property searches start online, and two-thirds of them are via mobile devices, says Zoopla. Local lettings agents, once the first port of call, are no longer the gatekeepers linking tenants and landlords. Nowadays tenants can even do virtual viewings. Britain’s main property portals … Read More

What you should (and shouldn’t) provide when letting your property furnished (or unfurnished)

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Even unfurnished lets are not completely empty. You still need to provide: Appliances. Just about 99% of tenants will expect a decent washing machine, fridge-freezer and cooker Light fittings for wall and ceiling lights Curtains or blinds. Tenants will need these from day one, but finding the right size is a hassle, so do supply them. Go with neutral or … Read More

Q&A: What landlord insurance do I need?

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Q I am about to start letting the three-bedroom house that has been my family home. What kind of insurance do I need? Steve White, Manchester A Your standard home insurance is likely to be invalid if you let your property, so check your policy. As a minimum, take out landlord buildings insurance (from about £250 a year), which covers … Read More

How to negotiate property lettings like a pro

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To achieve the highest possible rent, good negotiation is key. Here knowledge truly is power: the best lettings negotiators give nothing away while trying to establish as many key facts from the tenant as possible. Don’t reveal any of your main drivers. Where an agent is letting your property, don’t disclose any personal facts to them – they may not … Read More

Sunday Times coverage: How to let your spare room

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Looking for tax-free rental income? Follow these rules and it’s elementary Forget Rigsby. The typical owner who lets out their spare room is no longer a miserly live-in landlord like the one from the 1970s sitcom Rising Damp — fiftysomething and long since separated, spying on his bedsit tenants. Nowadays, they’re likely to be younger and struggling to afford the … Read More

How to screen tenants before viewings

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If you plan to do your own viewings, it helps to ask the prospective tenant a few screening questions over the phone before they view. This will not only give you a better feel for the tenant, but it will also save your time and theirs: you can avoid wasted viewings by highlighting any deal breakers early on. Some good … Read More