West Midlands Landlords: Here’s What Tenants Look For
Even though there is a strong level of demand for rental property in the West Midlands, many landlords struggle to find their ideal tenant. This is a highly competitive marketplace and quite often landlords must present their property to the best standard to entice the sort of tenant they want staying in their property. Knowing what tenants look for in a home allows landlords to reach more prospective tenants and a better standard of tenant, and we are here to help you know what tenants want.
Improve the standard of lighting in the rental property
You’ll find that natural light is hugely important in rental accommodation and it is something that tenants greatly appreciate. However, it isn’t likely to be one of the top priorities that a tenant lists when looking for a home, but there is a subconscious aspect to their approach that means it makes a difference when tenants look at property.
A prospective tenant will likely find themselves drawn to a property that offers more natural light because this style of property seems more spacious and that there is a more-calming effect in the room.
While you may think that you can’t do much to allow more natural light into your property, you can make sure that you don’t block the natural light around the property. Make sure that there is nothing blocking windows and doors, that curtains are fully pulled back and that chairs, drawers or tables don’t block the light flooding into the room.
Keep decorations neutral and the rooms sparse
It would be impossible to please everyone when it comes to taste and style, so it makes sense to keep things simple. This helps you to please as many people as possible but it also helps you minimise your expenditure, which is never a bad outcome for a landlord presenting their property.
Storage space is essential when renting property
Some other items that tenants are looking for in rental accommodation include digital communication and payment methods, a garden area and storage space. If you have storage space in the property, make sure this is clear. Some landlords may think that the storage space is an ideal place for them to store items to maximise space in the room but given the importance of storage space at home, if this area is filled or unavailable, most tenants would view this as a negative aspect.
You should also be prepared to talk positively about the local area, the transport options and what is available with respect to shopping and restaurants. You may not have any control over these elements, but they matter to a tenant and by promoting these aspects, you can make your property seem more attractive.
If you’re a landlord in the West Midlands and you’re keen to find the best tenants for your property, make sure you provide what tenants are looking for. For support in this or any other property matter, contact Innovate Estate Agents and we will be delighted to help you.