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Landlord Guide & Service

Here at Homes for U we believe in offering an exceptionally high level of service to each and every one of our landlords. By instructing us to Let out and/or manage your property on your behalf, you can rest assured that your property is in the hands of a professional team with over 15 years experience in the residential lettings and property management sector. Why not contact us today to register your interest using the enquiry form on the 'contact us' page or simply by calling us on 01786 475750.

The Professional edge

Brand Awareness

Homes for U are continually growing and moving from strength to strength. Instantly recognisable and most importantly trusted by our valued clients. When renting your home, tenants know to look for the Homes for U logo and you benefit from the association - not only will advertising for your property be readily seen by potential tenants, it will be just as readily trusted.

Boards

Every instructed property has the option for a TO LET board to be erected in a suitable location. Our newly designed boards are guaranteed to gain further interest for your property.

Get it managed

New to letting? Why not have Homes for U manage your property for you. For a small monthly fee we will manage your property for the duration of the tenancy. This service will alleviate you of any stress and time related issues associated with letting.

Internet based advertising

The internet is growing at a substantial rate with large volumes of interaction between potential tenants and your property. Every property instructed with Homes for U benefits from detailed write ups, PDF brochures, quality digital photography, maps and local information. Not only will your property be featured on our own website, but it will also be featured on: www.rightmove.co.uk, www.s1homes.com and www.zoopla.co.uk.

Where we cover

We understand that when managing a portfolio of properties that its far simpler to have one agent take control. Homes for U currently manage properties across the whole of the Falkirk District, Stirlingshire, Clackmannanshire and Hillfoots areas. We are more than prepared to offer a service to the highest standards even when instructed on a property out of town.

Making life easier for you

Here at Homes for U we understand the importance of offering you an efficient, reliable and comprehensive service. Our experienced lettings negotiators have many years experience in the industry so you can rest assured that you’re in safe hands. Our office is open six days a week and are available out of office hours where required.

Recent feedback from our landlords has shown that our packages stand to be one of the most complete and comprehensive available. This coupled with our competitive fees ensures you always receive value for money.

Don’t miss out!

Time is of the essence. With that in mind, Homes for U will ensure your property is matched against our current database of applicants and full details of your property emailed for instant awareness. Details are matched based on the criteria submitted by the applicant to ensure applicants only receive information that is relevant to them.


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Preparing your rental property Ensuring your rental property is prepared and well presented is key to achieving a speedy and efficient let. By following our step by step guide you will be maximising your properties potential. Within the past two years the lettings industry has seen significant growth in both the number of properties on the market and also the volume of tenants seeking the rental accommodation in both short terms-lets and long-term. When a potential tenant is searching and viewing properties, even the smallest of changes can make a big impression on them. In our guide below we advise you on things to consider for your rental property including cost free options, minimal cost and long term investment options. Please take time to browse this section as it could potentially save you a significant amount of money in the long-term and help you secure a high calibre tenant.

Cost Free Option

Reduce clutter

Get rid of everything apart from the bare essentials

Fresh air

Ensure the property is either well ventilated or windows are opened regularly to circulate fresh air into the property.

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Clean & Tidy

 Ensure your property is exited, maintained and received in a clean and tidy condition. Pay attention to obvious areas such as windows, kitchens, bathrooms and carpets.

Appliances

If you are renting the property either part- furnished or fully-furnished then ensure items such as the fridge/freezer are defrosted, cleaned thoroughly and switched off between tenancies. Opening a odorous fridge is never appealing. Tenants will often check the cleanliness of other appliances including the oven, hobs, washer, dryer & dish washer.

Neighbours

It is often a good idea to meet and introduce yourself to the neighbours of your rental property if you do not already know them. The benefits of this are, should there ever be an issue at the property while it is vacant or tenanted, then they will more than likely assist and contact you where required.

Minimal Cost Options

Decorating

When decorating your rental property use neutral colour schemes throughout. This does not necessarily need to be magnolia but by using soft, light and warm colours you can achieve a welcoming property.

Be objective

Don’t over look flaws just because you don't mind them. By ensuring your property is finished to a good standard not only will your tenant(s) be more likely to look after the property but this will also help you secure a reputable tenant(s).

Finishing touches

Ensuring your property has a fresh, welcoming feel will make a huge difference. This can often be achieved by using fresh flowers, air- fresheners (vanilla, coffee, etc) and the use of soft furnishings to complement the decor.

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Energy efficiency

Setting your rental property up for the future is key. Ensure all aspects are as efficient as possible and use low energy lighting, loft insulation, double glazing, etc. This will also help improve the properties energy efficiency rating making it more attractive to potential tenants.

Long Term Options

Hot water & heating systems

Applicants often ask and look for properties with modern, energy efficient, combi-boiler heating systems. A new, quality system will not only appeal to a tenant, but may also save you money in maintenance and repair bills.

Windows & Doors

Upgrading to modern, energy efficient UPVC windows & doors will reduce tenant bills and increase security at the property.

Flooring

When re-flooring your property consider both the use of a quality laminate floor throughout the ground floor and a hard wearing neutral carpet for the stairs, landing and bedrooms. It is often a good idea to ensure having the carpets professionally cleaned is a condition in the ASTA when the tenant is exiting the property. This way the carpet will be clean and fresh ready for the new tenants.

Decorating

When decorating the property use branded paints and popular colours which will not be discontinued. This will help ensure touch-ups can be carried out between tenancies. It is often a good idea to purchase more paint than required and keep a spare can of each colour inside the property.

Low Maintenance

Most tenants will not want to be spending all there time gardening & cleaning. Keep the property simple and its gardens attractive but low maintenance.

Landlord checklist

As a landlord there are essential checks that you must carry out to ensure both yourself and your tenant are safe. Some of these checks are optional and others are mandatory. This has been clearly marked below to help you fully understand your obligations as a residential landlord. Should you have any questions regarding the requirements or legislation then please do not hesitate to contact our team on 01786 475750.

Gas safety certificate
Authority to let
Furniture requirements
Electrical safety certificate
Utility Companies
Buildings insurance
Smoke alarms
Property keys/security
Proof of ownership
Tenants referenced
Energy Performance Certificate
 

Legal Protection

Homes for U want to offer a service where no stone is left unturned. We go that extra mile to help our landlords. Was are able to offer information on legal protection that caters for those on the rare occasion who may experience a bad tenancy. If you would like any further information please contact Homes for U : 01786 475750 and speak to one of our team.

Overseas Landlords

You may be looking to move abroad and want peace of mind that your property is being looked after by a professional letting agent. We can offer a full management package at a very low cost and offer information on the tax implications of letting your property whilst you are overseas.

Portfolio Management

We welcome any landlords with one property to a full portfolio of properties. We can offer individual packages to suit your needs at reduced costs. Please contact us for details.