A furnished property can fetch a higher rent on the lettings market, so in many cases it is well worth providing your tenant with all the fixtures, fittings and furniture they need to live comfortably.

However, for the best results you should carefully consider exactly what furniture your tenant is likely to require. For instance, if you let a student house you will need to provide each person with a bed and wardrobe as well as a shared sofa, dining table and chairs.

On the other hand, if you are hoping to let to professional tenants they may be demand more comfortable and luxurious surroundings. Or you could target families, who are likely to value a large dining table and fully furnished bedrooms.

Furnishing a rental property does not have to be an expensive or difficult process, but it can make your property to rent significantly more appealing to prospective tenants.

When furnishing a property to rent we recommend following these simple steps:

• Ensure everything you buy is hard-wearing and easy to clean

• Pick a sofa that has removable covers that can be washed or is made from leather that can be easily wiped

• Keep colours and styles neutral to appeal to everybody

• Make a property feel homely but do not include anything expensive or items that cannot be replaced

• Ensure all your furniture complies with fire safety laws

Other top tips include picking blinds rather than curtains as they tend to make your rooms feel lighter, brighter and more spacious, while you shouldn’t provide small electrical appliances such as kettles and toasters as you will be liable for maintaining them.

However, tenants value access to heavy white goods – including washing machines, dishwashers and fridge-freezers – as these are often hard to move. By including them in a property you will make your furnished home more attractive.

It is also worth taking a look at second hand websites and local sales portals. You might just pick up a bargain or two that will be well received by tenants and contribute to you making a great return.

For more advice and invaluable insight into how to prepare a property to rent contact your local Leaders branch today. Or get your next let started by receiving a free rental valuation.

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