Clearing Out Your House To Be Rented
by Izzy Smith
If you have never done a house clearance before, but you are planning to start renting out your home or a room or two in it, then you need to make sure that you master the basics of the clearance. If you want to find tenants, you will simply have to get rid of the clutter and the rubbish first.
First, your home will need a full house clearance. Decide what you are going to leave for the tenants to use and what you will take with you or throw away. If the tenants have their own furniture, you will need to remove everything. The house clearance needs to be done right for two reasons – 1. you need good photos of your home which will attract potential tenants, and 2. you need to prepare your home for viewing.
Next, you need to advertise your home's availability. Once you post the ad, people can call any time for viewing. If your house is neat, tidy, clean and there is no clutter, this will make a really good first impression. Remember that tenants want to imagine the house as their own. This happens when they walk in and see a clear and clutter-free space.
Another thing to keep in mind, especially if you are renting out the whole house, is that the potential tenants would peek everywhere when they come for a viewing – attic, garage, garden, basement, etc. The house clearance should include the entire property, not just the bedrooms and the living room.
If you want to rent out just one room, it is still common courtesy to clear out the entire home, so that the tenant will feel comfortable and truly welcomed. Moreover, this could also mean you could charge more for rent. If you offer more you can ask for more, but if you offer less than your competitors, the tenant will quickly reconsider.
The house clearance for letting should also involve doing a thorough cleaning. This is a must after old tenants leave the house and before you welcome new ones. In this business, word-of-mouth is a very powerful tool for recommendation. Your reputation can easily be ruined if people start spreading rumors that you don’t invest in house clearance before or after letting tenants in your property.
If you don’t have time to deal with this or you are not even in town, hire a house clearance company whose professionals will do a great job in no time. This will save you lots of stress and time as well as trips to the local dump. Dealing with waste and recycling is not easy, especially if you are facing deadlines.
The longer your house stays vacant, the more money you are losing. Remember that renting out is a business just like any other. You need to be a professional and do everything you can to offer a property in a good condition that is clean and free of clutter. Don’t try to use the house as a storage place, and keep these things in mind and invest in an efficient house clearance before you rent out your house.