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I tried Facebook groups a few times, don't get any response, not sure Facebook works for letting rooms.
Testimonials are good, as long as tenants do have something nice to say about you! Lol!
I wish current tenants would ask around and you are right, they forget that they can do this. You think they would have a vested intered in who might move in and want more control themselves. My feeling is, they often can't be bothered. (Hope our current tenants at the house don't read that because they are a lovely bunch and are showing someone for me this evening and it is greatly appeaciated!)
I do not own HMO so may not be relevant a. But my message is to change with the times.
Make a a house a HOME
I’m forty something but I have to get into the mindset of a twenty something to pitch correctly. They like easy life. And far too busy to look after themselves. Or things. Rely on mummy and daddy to sort things out. Even professionals. !and looked at what others were offering
I used PowerPoint and routers to create wireless network
4 K tv with Netflix access and virgin fast broadband. For your viewing pleasure. Free view.
branded white goods - bought cheaply on sale with long guarantee. sneff , Bosch
do you like doing dishes? I provided dishwasher.
Do expect them and wantthem to clean - provide vac cleaner.
and bespoke floating beds. Made.com
fake flowers and vase for photos.
I added things that will last but require replacing.
What would I want in the property if I was living there ?
Cork shower board from John Lewis
You got generation are lazy and want everything handed to them on a plate.
I have thought about outsorcing cleaning and even hotel type facilities like laundry . A step too far?
Why do we love hotels on holiday? Because you don’t clean up after yourself and beds nicely made when you come back.
Like I said I source cheaply and create a wow factor. Omg this landlord as really catered to my whims. When they first move in , loo roll , some cereal and welcome pack??
Competition is there.take some time to differentiate your proposition , adapt and observe. And prosper.
Tip- I add collage photo picture made up of few photo in a single photo of different angles.
Ebetybody just watching the the bottom line will find the above a if time. But some things might make sense.
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Interesting, would you mention things like ironing board, vacuum cleaner etc in your ad? This isn't something we've ever bothered mentioning, but of course is something we point out when showing people.
Our HMO is a home and the tenants very much see it as this when living there.
Perhaps you are right about generation lazy, certainly a cleaner for communal areas might work for some in HMO's but I certainly can't see a laundry service working for our house. Cleaning never seems to be an issue at this house and the tenants keep it well for a shared house (cleaner than some of our family lets) and we will go in clean ourselves when doing maintenance or showing rooms. It works for us and the housemates living there are very happy.
You are right about dressing the house though, we have done this for selling properties, ie brought in flowers, put up pictures, dressed beds. Perhaps this is something that should be done when letting rooms, they want to see the house looks pretty, homely and comfortable, so they can picture themselves living there. A vase of flowers and dressings can be removed once they've moved in, you have to get them through the door. This doesn't have to be a huge cost.
I just wonder sometimes if you have to move your tenant range as you age. Perhaps a forty something struggles to understand the 20 somethings and should rent to people of a similar age. We have found over the years, who we rent to has changed as we've got older. Perhaps when we're 80 we will be renting properties to tenants in their 80's!
Mine is a unique circumstance so may not apply to your set up.
As you know spare rooms has different filters?
Are you just outside a price boundary ?
is your location misclassified?
Do you search wanted profiles and proactively msg with ,sales pitch,
do you have biases in your advert copy or very restrictive Net. ?
E.g I love playing the xylophone and looking for someone who shares my passion and on the weekend I’m a naturist.
Question your assumptions or living parameters.
Is there smaller pool of renters and competition is very fierce as hmo flavour of the month- so yes competition was gone up.
But age descrimitation can be factors. I feel young at heart but twenty somethings want to live with 40?
Ironing board was just examples of things I provided. I have uncluttered images of when room was dressed.
I asked a former lodger why he chose my place over others.
The 4k tv so he has good Xbox experience. Wireless broadband for his IT work. Bar table and bar stools.
55 year old mon-fri
Your advert is an advert. Designed to get them to call. Or take interest.
In my advert “ panoramic views with daylight fills the room”
Many don't look on spareroom as there are so many institutional investors taking all these tenants. In leeds where I am there are multiple 'ICONIC' branded buildings andmore being built every year, I know of at least another three huge buildings being made in leeds which will remove another few thousand tenants from the market. In fact there is an area in leeds called headingley which is really struggling to find tenants - landlords are selling up here and families are slowly moving back in ....which I suppose is what the council likes
I had to check as I hadn't heard of ICONIC before, but they appear to be student let buildings?
Agreed though, it will bring many other buildings back into normal BTL or family ownership.
This must be good news for the PRS
Get rid of HMO to allow for family occupation
Let the institutions charge high rents for all the naive singles who seem prepared to pay a lot more rent for one of these institutional rooms compared to one in a HMO.
Good luck to them if they make that choice.
LL will just convert to family rentals or will sell up.
They will have to accept a reduction in income.
Though quite frankly you could rent the property easily to sharers rather than on individual HMO tenancies.
If you have 4 sharers you don't even need to be a licensed HMO.
Hopefully there will be a reduction in HMO with normal houses remaining with no more than 4 occupiers.
This means that the property may be used for families as well as sharers with no conversion costs at all.
The only difference will be 4 tenants on a tenancy rather than a family.
A 4 bed house gives maximum flexibility as to use.
There seems little point in buying 5 bed properties anymore.
A 4 bed does it all and also seems not to have to comply with room sizes.
Rightmove/Zoopla via OpenRent? Won't cost you anything for a trial run of it, and I see rooms advertised quite often in the areas I look at.
Did you get my msg earlier?
About listing critique?
Sorry Investorsk8, it's been hectic this weekend. That's a very kind offer, but don't worry, I'm confident it's not my ad that's the problem, it's literally the number of people looking on Sapreroom. Going to give it a couple more weeks, probably and then look at letting as a whole house instead. I am currently trying to persuade Spareroom to extend my full paid advert for a further 28 days for free as they offer a satisfaction guarantee and it looks hopeful that they are going to do this for us. I've re-worded the ad and rejigged the photos so they look fresh and hopefully now Easter is over things will pick up. Thanks for all your suggestions and kind help!