When it comes to choosing a Bristol letting agent, you are going to have a lot of different companies to choose from. Of course, you want to know that you are choosing the right one for your property. That is why we have put together this guide. We want to give you a nudge in the right direction.
What type of property are you looking to let?
This should be one of your most important considerations. What type of property are you looking to let out? Is it a flat? Is it a house? How expensive is that property? You will want to choose a letting agent that has shown that they can deal with this type of property for you. So, for example, if you are renting out a flat, you will only want to work with a letting agent that has shown that they have experience dealing with flats! There are several reasons for this:
- When a company has shown that they are experienced with a property, they understand the market. They will know how much rent they will be able to command for the property. This is important. You want to ensure that you are unlocking the maximum potential value in your property. You do not want to undercharge and leave money on the table! This is something which you deal with when it comes to the inexperienced companies.
- They will likely have a list of potential tenants for you to work with already. This is going to come in incredibly useful! It means that they will be able to get your property filled sooner as opposed to later!
Check their Vetting Procedures
We can’t stress how important the vetting of potential tenants is. This is why you want to be working with an experienced letting company rather than doing everything yourself. It is because the vetting process is so convoluted. A good letting agent will check the credentials of the potential tenant. They will carry out interviews, they will carry out credit checks. Only when they are 100% positive that the tenant is going to be right for your property will they proceed. This way you can be sure that you are going to end up with a tenant that is able to pay their rent on time and, perhaps more importantly, have a tenant that is unlikely to cause you that many issues.
Meet with the letting agent
Since it is likely that you are going to be working with the letting agent for a few years, it is important that you go and meet them. Talk to them about the property that you are letting out. You want to know that they are going to be a joy to work with. Truth be told, if the letting agent is any good then you will probably not have that much contact with them, but it is still nice to know that they will be pleasurable to work with most of the time.