More tips and advice when renovating a Buy-to-Let.
I have built up a good stock of reliable tradesman and I’m always glad to recommend their services.
Ask for quotes and how long it will take to complete a job before anything is agreed. Getting a price upfront usually means that the electrician or plumber will not drag the job out and will want to move onto their next project as quickly as possible.
The trades I used-
Damp Proofing– As the property was a ground floor flat there were signs of moisture on the outer bedroom wall. This was treated and re-plastered. A pacifier vent was installed in the bedroom and lounge to increase the circulation of air throughout the flat.
Plumber– required to disconnect everything for the rip out. Reconnected the appliances in the kitchen along with installing the kitchen sink, shower and bathroom sink.
Electrician– to install electric heaters, connect kitchen appliances, refit lights, install smoke detectors in the hall and lounge as well as carrying out the nessesary safety checks.
Joiner- installation of the kitchen and odd jobs where required.
Window fitters- the old windows were removed and new double glazed units installed
Plasterer– some walls were damaged and needed a smooth coat to improve the new decoration
Decorator– papering and then painted walls, woodwork and ceilings throughout.
Carpet fitter- Vinyl flooring in the kitchen area and bathroom and carpets elsewhere.
Don’t expect to call a plumber and have him pop round that day. Plan ahead and book in advance.
The flat was completed January 23rd and new tenants moved in January 30th on a 6 month short assured tenancy paying £550.00pcm.
I advertised the property on www.citylets.co.uk www.zoopla.co.uk and www.lettingweb.co.uk along with ACE Property giving the flat exposure on www.acepm.co.uk , a shop window card on Bruntsfield Place and a “To Let” board at the property.
The flat is located in a popular area for young professionals and students so there was interest quickly and a deposit was put down after the first viewing.
Start of a tenancy
On entry I took dated photos throughout the flat, meter readings and provided the tenants with a written inventory. You must take time when setting up a tenancy because you will need your inventory and photos should there be problems during the tenancy or once the tenants move out.
Their deposit has been registered with Letting Protection Scotland and the property has been added to the City of Edinburgh Council Landlord Registration database.
There are many things that landlords need to be aware of when renting a property, from safety checks to deposit registration. Don’t think you can just move tenants in and collect the rent each month. Seek advice on current and changing regulations from experts who can guide you through the red tape and avoid any unexpected issues further down the line.
At ACE Property Management we have been renovating flats throughout Edinburgh for years and welcome the opportunity to meet landlords who require advice and guidance. We are happy to recommend our tradesman and enjoy getting a property to completion then sourcing quality tenants.
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