A step-by-step guide to letting your property
Having an empty property can be stressful. Maximise the return on your investment by acting fast in finding a reliable tenant who will pay the best price.
Step 1. Accurate Valuation
Your aim should be to let your property at the best possible price in the shortest possible time. Our expert valuers carry out tens of valuations every month giving us intimate and unparalleled knowledge of property values in your area.
This is why we consistently achieve the best price across all our clients' properties.
Call us on 020 7561 8777 or complete the rental valuation request form.
Step 2. Selecting a letting agent
When choosing a letting agent, there are lots of factors to consider such as their high street presence, what kind of marketing your property will receive and the individual personnel just to name a few. These are critical to obtaining the maximum rental value for your property.
You should also check if your agent will organise your government-required Energy Performance Certificate on your behalf or if you need to arrange this yourself. You are responsible for making this document available to prospective and future tenants.
Step 3. Consider Property Management
Property Management can be the key to reaping maximum rental returns on your property. Many tenants insist on renting managed properties and are often prepared to pay a premium for this.
Instructing Jigsaws to manage your property gives you peace of mind that both your property and tenant will be cared for. Our dedicated team will look after the general day-to-day management and more complex issues such as emergency repairs, collection of rent and much more.
Step 4. Presenting your property
First impressions count, making the presentation of your property critical to a successful let.
Consider addressing any DIY jobs you have been meaning to get done, add a fresh coat of paint where necessary and try to declutter to make rooms appear larger.
Jigsaws team of dedicated professionals will then take photographs, produce a floorplan (upon request) and write a comprehensive property description, all in just one visit.
Step 5. Marketing your property
To find your perfect tenant you need to give your property maximum exposure across a wide range of media.
When you instruct Jigsaws to let your property you will automatically benefit from our unrivalled, comprehensive marketing package, including exposure on our state of the art website, full colour property brochure (upon request) and email alerts to our existing database of qualified applicants.
Step 6. Accompanied viewings
Our extended opening hours are essential to maximise viewing opportunities for your property - in fact almost half of our viewings are carried out after work and at weekends. Accompanied viewings also mean we can use our expertise to help let your property.
Our office is open 8.30am-6.30pm Monday to Friday and 9am-4pm on Saturdays.
Step 7. Receiving an offer
As soon as an offer is received we will contact you to communicate full details of an offer along with any special conditions to help you decide whether or not to accept.
Step 8. Offer agreed
Once you accept an offer we will do the following, regardless of whether your property is managed:
- Collect references from the tenants
- Arrange signing of Tenancy Agreement
- Collect moving-in payment (Advance rent & deposit)
We can also, subject to additional fees assist with:
- Carrying out a check-in and inventory
- Organise a Gas Safety Inspection and Portable Appliance test
- Arrange professional cleaning of your property
For your added peace of mind, where applicable we will hold the deposit as a stakeholder and register this with a deposit protection scheme, resulting in a faster and more efficient deposit release process at the end of the tenancy.
Step 9. Referencing checks
We use an industry leading third party referencing company to qualify all of our prospective tenants. Our chosen provider is HomeLet, who ensure thorough and stringent checks on all applicants to allow you peace of mind that you're getting the highest quality of tenants possible.
Step 10. Completion
Upon completion, keys will be released to the inventory clerk or the tenant on moving-in day. Congratulations, your property is now let!