All of our user statistics show that landlords waste time answering a questions asked by potential tenants about their listing. Not to mention redundant viewings that could have been avoided by comprehensive descriptions and more pictures in the listing. Therefore, you should make sure your ad is complete before listing it.
Everything that can clarify your property's attributes is desirable. Having that said, there are some things that can be more valuable than other. Everything that stands out should be mentioned - both positive and negative. It will save you a lot of time if you are straight forward and clear.
9 THINGS YOUR LISTING SHOULD INCLUDE
Here are 9 things you should consider when creating your ad:
- If you don't have a washing machine in your home, please briefly describe the laundry room. Is it in the same house? Easy to book a time? How many machines?
- Does your residence have a great ceiling height? Make sure to include that.
- If you're subletting the apartment furnished - are you leaving kitchen supplies? Is there a TV or is it anything else that may be helpful for the tenant to know?
- Does the rent include high speed internet or is it basic?
- Does it have a balcony?
- Can you describe the area? Most people who view your listing have never lived in the area. Is it "quiet and nice with closeness to green areas" or maybe "close to everything"?
- How about public transport? This is often requested university cities and in bigger cities.
- Is it possible to have a car? Is there available parking space, or maybe even two?
- If you are looking for a roommate, it is important to describe the shared areas. Other limitation or extra nice conditions for the tenant are also good to add
You can always reach out to us via our live chat if you feel unsure what to write and want us to take a look.
5 PHOTO TIPS WHEN SUBLETTING
The best way to get people interested in and apply to your listing is to showcase it with pictures - and preferably more than one. This is free of charge so don't be afraid to add lots of pictures. Here is our best practice when it comes to your listing and pictures:
1. A rule of thumb: upload 10 photos.
This includes the surrounding area, staircase, hallway, etc. This is important since the tenant needs to get an understanding of the entirety of the apartment through your photos.
2. Take at least two pictures of the kitchen from different angles.
Both small and large kitchens need at least two photos of the kitchen to get an understanding of what utensils are included in the kitchen and how the kitchen looks relative to the apartment.
3. The first picture should be the best picture of your apartment.
This generally means a balcony photo or, if you have a nice kitchen, a kitchen photo.
4. Arrange the rest of the pictures according to how a visitor would view the apartment when taking a tour.
Begin with a picture from the outside, with the door open. Then the hallway, and then the room that you can see a bit of from the hall. Move systematically throughout the residence. If you have a balcony or a very nice view, make sure that is included.
5. Improve your pictures with an easy tweak.
Real estate photos often look very bright and refreshing. Of course, the realtors use good cameras and light sources, but this isn’t necessary for a good picture. If you only have a smart phone camera there is an easy way to emulate this. Regardless of whether you are editing on your phone or computer, there should be an enhancer/edit function called “white balance”. Try raising that. The photos get “colder” which mimics real estate photos.