Staging your property properly prior to potential tenants visiting can mean the difference between letting it, and it remaining empty.
When you stage a home, you are creating a vision of what life may be like for the tenant.
An article by The Negotiator suggests
there is nothing more soulless than an empty home, and nothing more damaging than one that is poorly photographed. Striking the right
balance can even be the difference between people turning up to view, and walking down the street to somebody else's home.
Before we go on,
it is important to note that you must have the other basics in place before you stage your home. There is
little point in dressing everything up nicely if the fundamentals are wrong.
A prospective tenant might be wowed by a nice design and style, but they will also scratch a little deeper for maintenance and repair information.
A good landlord will satisfy both elements of renting. For instance, if you demonstrate that you care about their needs after they move in, that
can also act as an important hook to get people to view your property. This can be done in several ways, one of which is protecting the heating
system with a landlord-specific policy, demonstrating a commitment to the tenant. The
landlord cover guide on HomeServe
illustrates how generally, landlord cover for heating and plumbing can be wide-ranging, with policies offering basic cover through to a full boiler
service and protection against pest infestations. Whilst staging a property correctly is important, there is little point if the foundations of the
rental agreement are weak. Any prospective tenant will be wowed not only by the design and presentation, but also the proof that there is substance
behind you as the landlord, consisting of protection and consideration for the mechanics and installations in the home.
Some might argue that part of staging the home is not just the aesthetics, but the whole set up of your agreement, from protection going forward to
the curtains in the hall. However, once you have the right offering in place in terms of protection and assurances for a strong relationship going
forward, it is time to create the dream that your tenant can buy into.
UK estate agents suggested that 80%
of those who view properties cannot envisage what an empty room might look like, which is where home staging comes in.
So, here are four handy tips to consider when dressing a property for rental.