Professional agency you can really trust
‘Real estate cannot be lost or stolen, nor can it be carried away. Purchased with common sense, paid for in full, and managed with reasonable care, it is about the safest investment in the world’ Franklin D Roosevelt
AS with any investment there are no guarantees about returns, but once the property has been acquired a question that often presents is whether to manage the property oneself or to employ the services of a reputable letting agent, says Christopher Foster, managing partner of Orchard Property Services.
Orchard Property Services prides itself on being such an agent, by religiously adhering to both the Association of Residential Lettings Agents’ (ARLA) strict codes of conduct and Christopher Foster’s personal code of professionalism and ethics.
Christopher said: “For the individual landlord it can seem like a daunting task to source suitable tenants for your property, and indeed this is one of the primary advantages of leveraging the existing pools of prospective tenants which Orchard will have access to.
“Not only do we advertise on every major portal, we also have a strict in-house policy to ensure that once a tenant has been found for you, they not only successfully complete the standard references, they also satisfy our obligations needed to be a tenant.This means that by the time they move into your investment you are sound in the knowledge that everything has checked, double checked and triple checked!”
“Many people, not just landlords, have an aversion to or inherent discomfort in conducting business with complete strangers. For Orchard Property Services this is our job, we know all the tricks of the trade, not just to sell your property to prospective tenants but to collect rent, fend off excuses, and to engage with all manner of queries at all hours of the day and (sometimes) night, and most importantly to spot and reject the trickster/ problematic tenants quickly and easily.”
“Perhaps the most daunting aspect of self-managing rental properties is being aware (and staying abreast) of the necessary laws and regulations, from drawing up the necessary tenancy agreements to dealing with arrears.
“The tenancy agreement is the most important part of this jigsaw and landlords will often try to save time by using generic agreements which they find online.
“When disagreements occur the agreement simply may not be up to the job leaving the landlord wishing they had made the initial outlay of getting it done properly by an expert in a letting agency.”
“If you are looking for a professional agency to source suitable tenants for your investment property, then I urge you to call me directly on 01895 623 626 option 2, and find out for yourself why our landlords continue to place their trust in us,” added Christopher.