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How to maximise the return on your investment?

First impressions are the most important! The way your property is presented will help determine the rent a tenant is prepared to pay and the type of tenant who is willing to lease your property.

Here are some tips for preparing and presenting your rental property that could make the difference:

All damage must be made good. We are able to supply you with the details of competitively priced, professional trades people and assist with the co-ordination of this work prior to the property being advertised.

If you do not wish to do the cleaning yourself, we can arrange quotes from professional cleaners prior to tenant viewing.

Clean all windows, tracks, doors, sliding doors and security screens.
Clean all floors, removing marks and wash all skirting boards.
Clean light fittings and shades.
Light bulbs and smoke detectors to be in working order.
Wipe clean all walls.
Net curtains are to be washed. Blinds and drapes are recommended to be professionally cleaned.
Cobwebs are to be removed from interior and exterior of premises.

Clean inside and outside all cupboards and doors (especially pots and pans cupboards).
Stove, grill, drip trays and oven to be left free of grease as well as floor underneath if freestanding.
Clean inside, outside and behind refrigerator, dishwasher and oven (if applicable).
Clean exhaust fans and filters.
Clean sink and especially drains.
Range hood and filter (filter can be removed and cleaned).
Provide plug/s.

Clean floors, mirrors and windows.
Clean toilet, vanity and bath, shower recess (tiles and screen scum build up to be removed).
Clean inside of built-in cupboards (wipe off any residual marks).
Shower curtain washed with bleach or replaced if necessary.
Provide plug/s.

Clean inside, outside and behind washing machine; rinse out filter (where applicable).
Clean inside, outside and behind dryer, remove lint (where applicable).
Clean laundry tub (including inside bottom cupboard of tub).
Provide plug.

Sweep and clean the areas including steps, railings, awnings and glass.
Remove all cobwebs etc.

Sweep out garage, degrease all driveways, carports and all concrete areas.
Clean rubbish bins and remove all rubbish from property.
Ensure all garage and shed doors are able to be secured.

Lawns mown, edges tidied, gardens weeded and mulched, general tidy up to all exterior areas and driveways with no rubbish or garden waste to be left at the property.
Shrubs and trees – It is the owner’s responsibility to prune and trim back shrubs and trees on an ongoing basis.

New Builds
Ensure that both the interior and exterior of the property have been fully cleaned after all work completed and all building debris removed from the site.
Ensure all connections available for tenants for utilities e.g. telephone, T.V (including aerial) gas and electrical.
Make sure all basins/sinks have plugs (that fit).
Landlords are required to supply the hire of gas bottles to the property if not reticulated and advise preferred supplier.
Clothes line/mailbox are to be installed to property prior to the tenancy commencing.
Window coverings are to be installed to the property prior to tenancy to commencing.
Grounds landscaped and fencing completed.
Supply Ray White with the name of builder/company for warranty inspections and dates of expiry.
All warranties and operating manuals for appliances in property are required to be supplied to Ray White prior to a tenancy commencing.
Supply Body Corporate details and copy of rules and regulations to Ray White prior to tenancy commencing.
Supply all codes and manuals for alarms at the property.

This will create a benchmark for your investment. Well presented properties attract better choices of tenants!