Take care of the basics
Have a blank canvas
It can be tempting to decorate your rental property as you would your own home. However it won't be you that will be living in it.
Each person will have their own tastes and sense of appeal and as such your rental property will need to appeal to as many people as possible. As such you will need to use neutral colours such as different shades of white, cream and ivory with a potential of using some of the lightest shades of grey – grey is very on trend lately.
A garden, even if it is small, is an incredible asset to have which can boost the value of a property. It is however a difficult one to maintain but it is essential it is properly looked after.
Like inside the property it will be tempting to do the garden to what you prefer, however it is best to leave it as blank a canvas as possible and trying to make it low maintenance for any renters. This means that any plants that are planted are ones that can essentially look after themselves, maybe will need a small cut every now and then. Although you will need to clearly state that management of the garden will be the tenants responsibility.
It can be tempting to create a rock garden or to fully cover over a garden since these are extremely low maintenance. However this will actually decrease the amount of potential renters interested in the property.
Focus on the Bathroom and Kitchen
These two rooms can be considered the two most important rooms in a rental property as they are both rooms that can break a potential renter.
These rooms will have to be both very well maintained in not only keeping up appearance but also being in a good working order. So from having a well cleaned cooker in good working order to a shower that has good pressure, even a toilet that moves slightly or that doesn't look good can put off a potential renter. After all would you want to live somewhere that had a poorly maintained bathroom or kitchen, especially if you are unable to change it yourself? And it would also draw questions or concerns over the rest of the property being well maintained.
You will also need to be aware of how a dated bathroom or kitchen can impact the look and feel of a property. This can show up very early for example in your properties listed photographs which can put people off even viewing the property. When viewing a property with a dated bathroom or kitchen it can taint the feel of the rest of the property, making potential renters feel that the rest of the property is also dated.
You don't need to go overboard but maintaining these areas well can boost value and interested renters.
Make sure you have the correct insurance
Adding Extra investments
Adding extra investments into the property can pay off in the fact that it will attract people more and different people that will be interested in the property and willing to pay those costs can be justified in the rental value.
Security is a big issue for many people, so why not invest into a security system? This will give many tenants a safe piece of mind feel, although you will need to make sure they understand how the system works and the costs of any such features in the price.
An obvious but also an expensive investment to make into any property let alone a rental is extending the property. More space or more decent sized rooms means that you can charge more and will attract more people to view and want to live in your property.