This means allowing them to see themselves already on the couch, feet up, watching the new series of The Great British Bake Off…
So how do you turn your property for rent into a move-in-now must-have?
Easy: by using our five top tips to secure tenants quickly.
It may seem literally nothing, but you can never offer enough of it: space.
So, the first thing to do is declutter. Minimise the contents of your home and open up plenty of areas for sunlight and unhindered movement.
If there’s space for parking, flag this up.
If you have a garden, however small, sell it as an outdoor seating area.
You may have a thing for flock wallpaper and disco balls, chances are prospective tenants won’t share your taste.
So make sure the decor is nicely neutral: a lick of fresh white paint is inexpensive but could mean winning over a viewer.
Similarly, taking the time to invest in clean and comfy furniture can be the difference between 40 people interested and 40 months left on the market.
Before take-off, you need to make sure everything is in good working order: a washing machine that cleans clothes not the floor, a shower that offers hot water every morning, a vacuum cleaner that works like a hoover not a leafblower.
Kitchenware matters too – you’ll be amazed how enticing a new cafetiere and a set of chip-free mugs can be.
Tenants will ask many questions: about the boiler, about the strength of the Wi-Fi, about the good looking neighbour.
This means you must have all the answers.
So, before you advertise your property for rent with s1homes, make a checklist of everything you would ask if you were planning to rent.
Knowledge is power.
Value for money
Prospective tenants will also ask about running costs. This means seeking out the best utility provider to keep utility bills to a minimum.
You can also offer incentives, such as including Wi-Fi in the monthly rent.
Finally, as you’re leaving, don’t miss the chance to point out other local incentives: the fabulous restaurant, the beautiful park across the street.
And you did mention the good looking neighbour was single?
With your top tips ready to work for you, it’s time to get your rent on with s1homes