A rental Property will often need freshening up in order to appeal to new tenants, so landlords should be organised, proactive and sensible with their decorating.
In one way or the other,a buy-to-let property will take a beating, it’s the nature of the beast, and that’s why it’s important to decorate/renovate with that in mind. Landlords need to strike a healthy balance between aesthetics and durability which is usually the best solution for both tenant and landlord, even if it initially costs a little extra.
7 handy tips for when you’re looking to rejuvenate your tired-looking rental property.
- Schedule your work – remember, the longer you spend decorating, the less money you are making. Source suppliers and tools before you carry out the decorating, and hire any professional tradesmen you may need well in advance.
- Be vigilant with mould – if left untamed, mould can destroy paint and plasterwork. The damage it can cause will be expensive to rectify. With this in mind, make sure you thoroughly check the house for mould, and use anti-mould products when you can. Don’t leave gaps unattended, especially around windows, sinks, baths, showers and cookers. Gaps can manifest into all sorts of unwanted problems. Unwanted gaps can lead to leaks, mould, access routes for creepy crawlies, and breeding grounds for infestations. On a sidenote, you can get anti-mould mastic/filler, which is what I opt for.
- Spend money where it is most needed – ensure that you don’t cut costs on the following areas: carpets and flooring; paint; door locks; bathroom fittings.
- Avoid being personal with the decoration – remember that you won’t be living in this buy-to-let property. Potential tenants would much rather have a blank canvas onto which they can put their own personal touches. Light colours provides the illusion of space and cleanliness, which of course is the perfect cocktail to entice prospective tenants. But the compelling illusion has an extremely short life-span, especially in BTL properties. A few months of practical living and the once-glowing shades of magnolia become gloomy and murky. It’s extremely difficult to keep light walls and carpets clean, and generally speaking, it’s work that most tenants won’t have any interest in participating in. Ultimately, applying a light colour palette is a sure-fire way to exhaust your funds on frequent coats of paints and replacement carpets. Avoid it.
- Take up offers on extended warranties – it can be tempting to simply ignore the endless offers of extended warranties when buying new products. However, the harsh reality is that things only last for so long, and wear and tear is inevitable in a rented property. So, reconsider the next time you are offered an extended warrant on any product over £100, otherwise you will spend more money on having to replace it.
- Ensure all extractor fans are working and that your property is well ventilated. A broken extractor fan will cause condensation and mould.
- Use tiles over paint/laminate where possible, especially in rooms that are moist and prone to mould, like bathrooms, utility rooms, and kitchens. Tiles are much more durable, resistant to infestations and easier to maintain than paint. Dark tiles with a dark grouting is always a good choice (white/light grouting can quickly become grubby looking).