The official start of summer is just weeks away and landlords across the nation will be breathing sighs of relief that they made it through the winter season. However, the arrival of warmer weather doesn’t mean property owners should become lapse. In fact, summer presents some seasonal issues all of its own. Want to know more? Check out our guide to five top summer letting tips that every landlord should know.
Spruce up the garden
British summers can be lovely and tenants will want to spend as much time as possible soaking up the sun. if your property has a garden invest a little time and money into making it an enjoyable space to spend time. This will boost rapport with your tenants and encourage them to sign on for another lease, thus eliminating the hassle of finding new renters.
Check for cracks and erosion
The drastic shift from freezing cold winter temperatures to the warm summer sun can spell disaster for walls and brickwork. In the lead up to summer check your property for cracks and erosion, then try to repair any minor damage before it becomes a bigger issue.
If you rent to students the chances are that they’ve all moved out for the summer. Summer is also a popular time for families and couples to move house as the weather is mild. If your property is going to be empty for an extended period of time it’s important to take out an unoccupied property insurance policy.
Summer is a fantastic opportunity to leave windows and doors open and allow the sunlight to stream in. Unfortunately, this also makes summer prime time for home burglaries. Keep your tenants safe by ensuring that windows and doors are fitted with security screens or opening mechanisms that can’t be tampered with. This will allow them to enjoy the warm summer weather without having to worry about getting robbed.
Take advantage of the nice weather
While the winter months can be icy and dangerous, summer is a great opportunity to carry out routine maintenance. Clear out the gutters, unblock drains, clean high windowsills and spruce up outside walls.
Why put your rental property at risk when you can follow these simple tips and beat the heat this summer?