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Business Growth

Tip 2: Upselling

This is really to focus and formalise on the way that you upsell during the tenancy process. We’ve got a lot of stuff in place for our clients, things like online landlord portals, repair reporting and a whole host of innovative prop-tech that will generate you additional income which you may not be using at the moment. You can look at key areas, like utilities and communication packages and link to those companies so there is an automated process in place. Therefore, you’re not increasing your overhead but you are generating additional revenue from the tenancy. Discover Openview property software, call 0800 328 0460, email info@vtuk.com or visit vtuk.com.

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Tenant Fee Ban

Tip 6: Move Landlords Back To A Managed Strategy

Now for this one you need a bit of a retrospective scope. It’s to change something that a lot of agencies actually put in place 4 years ago, which was to move away from a managed service to a let only service, theory being that there was actually more profit in let only than there is in a managed service. Well, with the fees going obviously a managed service is a lot more attractive and it does generate far more revenue. So, the strategy is to move your landlords back to managed strategy. We all know a managed strategy is actually better for the tenancy, all that you as the agent should do is help the landlord understand why it’s a benefit. I’m sure you’ve got your own ideas as to how you’re going to do this but if you need any help, give us a call on 0800 328 …

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Property Apps

Sell Property in The Community

Village (App Store/Google Play – Free) This week’s app of the week is Village. Village allows agent’s to sell property to their local community directly through the app. As well as property, a whole variety of goods can be sold by the agent, such as clothing, pet supplies, gardening equipment and computing accessories. As the app tracks your location, items can be filtered by area allowing you to target potential buyers in nearby villages and towns. The app also give agents an opportunity to find potential landlords selling their property via the app. Groups can also be made by the agent giving them a way of selling property in one place. As well as groups, the agent can also add friends giving them a new way to interact with you buyer. Should a buyer be interested in a property the app allows the buyer to directly message the agent. Discover …

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Property Marketing

How To Master The Garden

When it comes to a viewing, mastering how your garden looks is crucial, especially if your property holds a lot of land. Whether it’s the front lawn or back lawn considering how you present the garden to potential buyers could be crucial to selling the property at its highest price. Mowing The Lawn When you mow the lawn ensure it’s a dry day, this will allow you to cut the grass more efficiently. To make the garden look even more presentable, think about hiring a gardener to mow the lawn professionally with the sellers permission. If you’re considering drone photography, this is especially important as you’ll be showcasing the garden much more. Cleanliness Most importantly, ensure the garden is free from litter. If there are any plant pots, make sure soil hasn’t spilled over the edge of them. If the plant pots have moved recently and the grass has died, …

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Lettings Tips

Is Bad Air Polluting Your Home?

How can you ensure the air in your home is clean? Simple things can improve the air quality within your property. Keeping the home well aired, preventing condensation and monitoring the condensation within the property are just some of the things to consider as a letting agent, landlord or even as a estate agent selling a property. Should your property be located in a major city such as London, these tips are especially important as the air outside can seek in. The BBC have put together a useful tool you can use to check how polluted your street is. Click here to find it. Open Your Windows Opening your windows will ensure your property is well ventilated. We know if you’re an agent, doing this might not be possible so we recommend instructing the tenant to do this from the beginning of the tenancy. Condensation Condensation can cause damp and …

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Repair Reporting

Domestic Abuse And The Silent 999

Whoever you are, domestic abuse can affect anyone of us. It’s estimated over 2 women a week die at the hands of their partner as a result of domestic abuse. As an agent or landlord, you may have silently noticed this abuse coming through from your tenants as rental repair reports. For example, your tenants may have reported noise complaints, breakages or continuous repairs to walls, windows, external doors or locks through Openview’s Task Manager. How Can You Help? Should you feel one of your tenant’s is suffering from domestic abuse, you should point them in the direction of the National Domestic Violence Helpline by passing on their number, 0808 2000 247. Information about the helpline should also be stated at the start of the tenancy. The Silent 999 You should also advise your tenant on how to make a Silent 999 call. This allows them to phone 999 silently, …

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