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Buying to Let

Hot properties

Location

Look for a quiet road with an easy walk to public transport and open spaces, shops and restaurants.

Aspect

Good natural light will always attract tenants.

Balanced accommodation

Look for properties with a good layout and well-proportioned rooms. Avoid basement flats without good gardens and high-level flats without a lift.

Convenience

Built-in cupboards and good storage space are vital. Well-equipped kitchens and first-class bathrooms (with underfloor heating) score highly too. Good heating is essential.

Approach

What is the street like? Would the surroundings appeal to your target market? If you have a flat, keeping communal areas tidy and attractive should be a priority.

Helpful hints

Always put yourself in the shoes of potential tenants

By providing an attractive letting property, you’ll be able to attract better tenants and reduce empty periods.

Leave a little left-over

Avoid the temptation to spend so much on buying your property that you can’t afford to bring out its maximum potential. If you need to make improvements, get them done. As well as letting benefits, they can add to the capital value of your property.

Look for double rooms

If a flat has two bedrooms, the second should be a double. A reasonably large single bedroom could still fit stacker beds or a 4' 6" bed. If you have only one bedroom, consider a sofabed in the sitting room

Minimise all your property’s negative features

A badly shaped room will need all the design help it can get. A dark room should be lit in the best possible way – large mirrors can be a great help.

Supply attractive extras

Properties with a garden or terrace, working fire, power showers, built-in music system and sophisticated lighting are always more appealing.

Keep the property in first-class order

Redecorate and improve on a regular basis and between tenancies if necessary. Tired decoration and worn appliances won’t just reduce monthly rental, they also reduce appeal which leads to longer periods between lettings.

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