One of the best ways for landlords to attract discerning tenants is to refresh a rental property regularly, ensuring it has a contemporary appeal and a durable finish. Here are our top tips for giving a property staying power:
1. Grey grout with white tiles
Grey grout in bathrooms and kitchens will look fresher for longer.
2. Larger tiles
The bigger, the better, especially when it comes to floor tiles, as this will reduce the grout areas, making them easier to clean. Mosaic tiles should be avoided as the grout can crumble easily over time, causing the tiles to come loose and potentially leak.
3. Keep it neutral
Neutral colour schemes provide a blank canvas, allowing potential tenants to visualise how they might personalise the space with their own accessories.
Tiles, laminate or wood are a must for kitchens and preferably tiles only in bathrooms. Hallways will receive the most footfall so will need a practical floor covering appropriate for the property. In carpeted areas, a wool-mix carpet is always recommended.
5. Practical window dressings
Curtains can be expensive to clean or replace, while blinds are a more cost-effective option. Blackout blinds are recommended for bedrooms, as most tenants will request these, while Roman blinds in a chosen fabric can give as much of a personal look as curtains.
6. Avoid wallpaper
Wallpaper often comes down to personal taste and could put a tenant off if they cannot see themselves living with the pattern. Wallpaper is also more prone to damage from high tenant use, snags from furniture removal and picture hooks, which can cause problems at the deposit return stage.
7. Practical light fittings
Make sure light fittings are compliant with current regulations and can be easily sourced if broken during a tenancy. Fittings should also take regular bulbs as it’s the tenants who will have to change them throughout a tenancy.
8. White woodwork
This keeps the property looking fresh and is much easier to touch up between tenancies, if necessary.
9. Refresh the kitchen
Refreshing the kitchen may cost less than expected and a few changes, such as installing a metro-tile splashback, replacing worktops or changing taps or door handles to more contemporary fixtures, could make all the difference.
10. Be wise with appliances
Most tenants will not require top-of-the-range appliances and will be happy with more widely available cost-effective alternatives.These are often easier and quicker to repair as parts are more readily available and can be installed by any appliance engineer.
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