1. Use an agent who is regulated by a professional body – preferably ARLA, or RICS or NAEA. Not only does this illustrate a level of competence and adherence to code of conduct but it will also ensure that all the funds you pay to them are fully insured.
2. Ask around and find a good estate agent through local recommendation. Do not solely go for low fees - local experience and professional qualifications will buy you a better service.
3. To maximise the potential of your property keep it in good internal order with regular redecoration, professional cleaning and carpet cleaning. The market is increasingly competitive and this will provide your property with an edge over others.
5. Make sure you see a copy of the references taken on each and every tenant. You should be asked to sign a copy of their reports to show your instructions & approval to proceed.
6. Will your agent be available out of hours to accommodate viewings? Tenants expect to view at short notice and your agent should be responsive to accommodate this.
7. Use a third party independent professional clerk to undertake a professional inventory and check in & out for the tenancy. Providing an impartial and thorough benchmark for the condition of the property.
8. Ensure that your agent is fully aware and compliant with new and changing legislation to ensure that your property complies with all relevant legislation, not only safety (gas & electrical checks, EPCs) but also changes to relevant Acts and Statutes.
9. Ensure your agent has Client Money Protection insurance, complies with Anti Money Laundering Regulations and is a member of a Property Ombudsman scheme.
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