Presenting your property to Let 

Firstly, please remember: “Better the property better the tenant, better the rent” 
 
You want the best tenants and the best rent. We want you to achieve this and so we will help you have the best property. 
 
There is a high demand for good quality rental property and the chances therefore are that your property may let very quickly. Strawberry however would encourage you have a look at the advice below in order to attract a better tenant, have fewer maintenance issues and ultimately protect your investment. Improvements made before you let will realise a greater return and, should any damage be discovered at the end of the tenancy, it makes it much easier to prove it happened during the lease. 
 
To ensure your property is looking its best make sure... 
•All rubbish has been removed 
•All food items have been removed 
•All appliances have been cleaned and switched off and have full operation manuals (Even if you no longer have the original copies can usually be downloaded from the internet. It is a legal requirement to ensure the tenant is advised on how to operate all appliances left within the property and essentially it could also save an expensive call out for you at a later date) 
•All woodwork has been washed down 
•All windows inside and outside have been cleaned 
•All sanitary fixtures and fittings have been cleaned 
•Any cooker hood filters have been replaced 
•All door handles have been secured and cleaned 
•All plug sockets and light fittings have been cleaned 
•Heating has been left on at least 2 hours a.m. and 2 hours p.m. if the property is to be left empty during the months of October through to March 
•All curtains are hanging correctly and are open 
•All blinds have been dusted 
•All lamp shades and lights have been dusted 
•All lights have working bulbs 
•All soft furnishings have been cleaned 
•All linen has been thoroughly washed and is neatly folded on appropriate bed 
•All smoke alarms have a working battery 
•All carpeting is in good condition (If replacement is necessary we always advise neutral shades and lino or tiles in bathrooms and kitchens tends to be preferred) 
•All rooms are welcoming, bright, airy, clean and tidy. 
•Bathroom and kitchen tiles have been re-grouted if necessary 
•Shower curtains have been replaced if soiled 
•The garden shed/garage/loft has been emptied and therefore is ready for the tenant’s use 
•The garden is in a neat and tidy condition 
•In the case of brand new property there has been a TV aerial installed and a BT line installed, ready for connection 
•Three full sets of keys are available (All individually labelled to ensure their safe return at the end of the tenancy) 
•All those ‘will get round to one day jobs’ are completed (For example the plug on the chain, the leaking/blocked gutters, replacing the battery on the smoke alarm, the dripping tap etc.) 
•Strong cooking smells and other odors have been eliminated (Use of an air freshener makes a more pleasant welcome for prospective tenants) 
•Any possible distractions such as animals or small children are kept out of the way during the viewing 
 
Overall it is wise to leave the property and garden in a clean, tidy order - leave it as you wish to have it back! 
 
Items to Leave 
Most tenants are renting longer term nowadays and therefore prefer to have their own belongings. For this reason an unfurnished property can let better than furnished one. There are however a number of items which would be expected and these are as follows:- 
 
Floor coverings in all rooms 
A cooker (additional kitchen appliances are great to leave but need maintaining and need to have full instruction manuals) 
Light fittings in every room 
Curtains or blinds on every window where possible 
Small wall mounted items such as mirrors, towel/toilet roll holders in bathrooms and cloakrooms 
 
When Strawberry meet you at the property we will advise on anything we believe will help you achieve the three Bs:- 
 
Better property, Better tenant, Better rent