Unless you require your tenants on a short-term lease, every landlord wants the stability and certainty of long-term tenants. The question is; how do you attract them to your property? And perhaps more importantly; how do you get them to stay?
In this article, we provide you with some helpful tips to attract and retain dream tenants.
Sometimes there’s just not enough money in the bank to do a full kitchen reno just before new tenants move in. That’s completely understandable. However, there are little things you could do here and there that could present your property in a whole new light.
In the kitchen:
- Give the cabinets a fresh coat of paint
- Install a spice garden near the window
- Look at replacing the blinds or curtains
(Credit: Mikael Cho on Unsplash) Your kitchen doesn’t have to have state of the art appliances to look fresh and new
In the living area:
- Change the light fixtures to make sure the room is well-lit and welcoming
- Pop in a rug that not only brings a room together but also protects hardwood flooring if you have any
- Replace any fly screens with holes or tears, which will protect your tenants from the risks of both insects and break in.
In the bathroom:
- Replace any old mirrors
- Switch out old taps for new, water-wise ones
- Replace the shower curtain
(Credit: Christa Grover on Pexels) A new mirror can really freshen up the space
Make sure your property is sustainable
Most people like to know they’re doing their bit for the environment. Therefore, the more sustainable your property is, the more likely it’ll be to attract the right sort of tenants.
You can do some really simple things to make your home eco-friendly, such as:
- Changing all light bulbs to LED fixtures
- Using water-wise taps throughout the house
- Installing solar panels for electricity and hot water
- Have energy-saving power outlets
- Put a guide in your kitchen to clearly state what is and isn’t recyclable (we suggest this one)
(Credit: Domain) Here’s another great, clear poster for your kitchen
Make sure your tenants feel welcomed
We all know it’s quite often the little things that mean the most. You can show your tenants you care by making a couple of small, inexpensive gestures. You could:
- Create a ‘welcome folder’ with a list of great restaurants, cafes, and things to do in the neighbourhood
- Providing toilet paper for their move-in day
(Credit: Michael Jasmund on Unsplash) People moving rarely think about little things like toilet paper on moving day
Attend to repairs as soon as you can
Make sure you’re responding to maintenance issues as quickly as possible. You can ensure a speedy turn around by giving your property manager license to approve certain repairs for you, so your tenants will never be left waiting in discomfort. This also includes little things such as garden maintenance and regular pest inspections.
(Credit: rawpixel on Unsplash) Keeping on top of maintenance will result in very happy tenants
Consider allowing pets
Pet owners in QLD struggle to find suitable accommodation that will cater to their furry or feathered friends. If you consider pets on application, you will receive a wider pool of tenant enquiries. Therefore, you’ll have more options in choosing the right tenants for your property and you’ll be less likely to have to lower your asking rental price.
When they find a place that suits them and their pets perfectly, you’ll find pet owners in for the long haul.
(Credit: Robert Larrson on Unsplash) Allowing pets can ensure your tenants stick around for longer