As a landlord, minimising the time that your property is empty is important in order to maintain cash flow, especially if it is your primary means of income.
While placing your property up for let is incredibly simple, especially with websites such as Let’s Bid Property offering online placements, getting the property ready to let may not be such a walk in the park. That’s why we have put together this helpful checklist of top designs tips for landlords looking to tempt prospective tenants.
When redecorating your property ready for new prospective tenants, always look to keep your colour scheme as simple as possible. You might like that bold shade of pink in the bedroom, but you are not the one who will be living there.
Beige is the normal go-to colour for rental properties and, depending on what permissions you allow, this can always be repainted to suit your tenants.
If your property has been lived in for a number of years, chances are that any carpets will look tired and worn out. That’s not exactly appealing to prospective tenants so, before letting out a property, invest in brand new carpets.
With new carpeting laid out through the property, an inviting space is created that increases the appeal to prospective tenants. It also means that there will not be any indents and damage to the carpet from furniture sitting on it, too.
One of the first things that prospective tenants viewing a property will notice is flooring. As already mentioned, new carpets are a must, but in cases of hard flooring it is equally as important that this is maintained to a high standard.
If flooring is damaged beyond repair, it is better to invest in new flooring as opposed to trying to cover up any damage. This is something that many landlords have made the mistake of doing and, almost always, end up regretting in the long run. Sooner or later it will require replacing.
Tiles, Tiles, Tiles
Look to make use of tiles in the kitchen and bathroom. Not only do titles look stylish, they are immensely practical, particularly in properties that may suffer from damp.
Bathrooms and kitchens are the rooms most likely to fall victim from a build-up of condensation. With tiles, any mould can be easily wiped away without causing any damage to the wall itself and, when tiles need changing, they are cheap and easy to replace.
Tenants are unlikely to invest in new curtains and net curtains themselves. They might only be in the property for a number of months, which is why the majority of those that rent may do with the curtains that the property comes with.
On this basis, as a landlord, you should look to invest in curtains to last. Do not settle for cheap and poor quality curtains, because these will not do you any favours when prospective tenants view the property. You will be surprised just how much difference curtains can make to a room.
Don’t Bother Furnishing
While some looking to rent do look for fully furnished properties, the majority are more than happy to have their own space that they can do with what they like (within reason, of course). Not only does this save you the costs of buying furniture and white goods, you don’t have to worry about any damage.
Maintain the Garden
Lastly, not so much a design tip but more general upkeep of the property, is to keep the garden in a tidy state while there isn’t anyone living in the property. The garden is the responsibility of tenants, but you, as a landlord, are responsible while the property is empty.
Clear away any weeds and keep the lawn cut, just the way that you would like to find the garden at the end of the tenancy agreement. A tidy garden will go a long way to securing your next tenants.
So there are our seven top design tips for landlords and, if you can say that every point listed above is something you already do, then no doubt that you have had no trouble in letting your property.