If you suddenly need to find a new tenant because your existing tenant is leaving at short notice, don’t panic. By using an online letting agent you can get your property on all the major property portals like Rightmove and Zoopla within minutes, and you could be getting enquiries from new tenants within hours.
However, when you need to find tenants fast, you need to make sure your advert stands out from all of the rest, which is why it’s worth considering paying a little extra for a Premium listing with at least one of the major property websites.
A Premium listing on Rightmove will allow you to display three cover photos instead of just one, while a Zoopla premium listing will enable you to display six cover shots. Using extra photos makes your ad more eye-catching and, as a result, premium listings can boost the number of tenant enquiries by up to 30%, so it’s definitely something to consider.
Make sure you have good quality photos and choose the best for your cover shots. Try to use photos of different rooms for your cover, rather than different aspects of the same room, and make sure these emphasise your property’s best features.
It’s fine to re-use old photos unless you’ve refurbished the property or replaced some furniture. Also, if they show the property in a different season it could make it seem as if it’s been stuck on the market for many months, in which case it would be better to take some new photos or pay for a professional set of shots to ensure your property is presented in the best possible light.
A floorplan will also help tenants visualise the layout and, according to Rightmove, it could boost the number of enquiries you get by more than 50%.
When looking for tenants at short notice, avoid over-pricing your property, which could make it harder to let. The market in some areas is a little soft right now, meaning it’s vital you don’t over-estimate your rental value, which will lead to fewer enquiries. If you’re unsure of the right asking price, call us and we’ll be happy to advise.
If you don’t receive many enquiries and you’re concerned you’re going to be left with a void, think about simple ways to make your property more appealing and generate extra interest. For example, could you consider accepting tenants with pets? Around half of all tenants have pets, so you’ll be widening your market if you do. You could always insist on meeting any pets before accepting them, and you can ask tenants to pay a larger deposit to cover any additional cleaning.
Also, don’t automatically rule out smokers if you’re struggling to let a property, especially if it’s unfurnished. Again, you can always ask for a higher deposit and insist that the property is professionally cleaned at the end of the tenancy.
Finally, it helps if you can be flexible with viewing times and be available to show tenants around at short notice. One of the great advantages of using an online agent is that you’re not dependent on letting agents finding slots in their diary to show people your property. If you can fit in with times that suit the tenants, you’ll have more viewings and might let it faster.
For a fast let, take control and use an online letting agent, like Upad.