Restrictive, awkward, or just plain bad viewings can be a killer for both landlords and tenants, often resulting in the potential tenant being turned off from a property that they otherwise may have found perfect, and the landlord missing out on a paying renter.
For both landlords and tenants, here are a few steps that you can take in order to ensure that you get the best chance possible at a positive viewing experience.
Tenants – Doing your detective work
Firstly, for tenants, you should always make the most of any viewing opportunity you get, as it’s your chance to get a good look at the area that you could very well be living in, and at some of the outstanding issues or flaws that the landlord may have neglected to mention. To make sure that you’re not getting ‘Flatfished’ by the pictures of the home you saw online, examine every room with a fine-toothed comb (if you remembered to bring one), and question the reasons why if a landlord seems adamant on showing you around in a particular order.
Landlords – Showing your property in the best light
For landlords wanting to make sure that their property attracts as much attention as possible, before even starting with the viewing experience, you should take the time to make sure that your property looks as good as it possibly can for online listings and websites. That’s not to say that you need to be untruthful or misleading in the images that you take, but get plenty of good angles of the rooms and amenities, and perhaps hold out for good weather, for example, if taking images of your property from the outside.
Tenants – Making sure of any historical issues
This might fall under the same camp as ‘doing your detective work’, but any long-standing issues with an apartment or flat, such as insulation troubles, pests, or damp, need to be identified at the viewing phase, to stop unnecessary troubles and payments down the line.
One way that you can avoid any historic issues is by choosing to live in a new, modern apartment, rather than an older build. Students, for example, who are living in cities across the country, are now starting to opt for purpose-built accommodation, in development and offered by companies such as Liverpool’s RWinvest, as they are built with future-proof sensibilities and free of any historic damages.
Landlords – Is this a good time?
Obviously at some points you just can’t get away from conducting viewings when current tenants are still living in the property (particularly if you own student accommodation), but when this happens, try to do your best to make sure that the property is clean and tidy for the viewing. Showing people around a bedroom that has clothes strewn all over the floor, or a kitchen that has a sink overflowing with dirty dishes can be embarrassing for you and the tenant, and even though it isn’t representative of what it would look like when they moved in, it can still be off putting.
How to avoid this? Well, landlords will typically post a letter through their tenant’s door advising them that there will be viewings on a certain date, giving them time to prepare, but if you’re a personable landlord and maintain a good relationship with your current tenant, you might also want to speak to them in person and ask them to tidy up as a favour.