When it comes to decorating your rental property, sometimes it can be difficult to know where to spend your dirhams, as you may be weary of things being broken with the turnover of tenants.
At Rocky Real Estate, we wouldn’t recommend having a very high-spec finish, or buying top-of-the-range fixtures and fittings – due to the fact that there will usually be more wear and tear in a rented property than a private home – we also wouldn’t go for the cheapest options, as you want to attract a good-quality tenant that will likely demand a certain finish.
Here, we outline just some of our landlord tips for decorating a rental property, to help you make the right decisions when you want to start work on the renovation of your property.
Even though white walls may get dirty more quickly than darker walls, you can always be sure to find a tin of bright white paint when you need to freshen up the interiors between tenancies.
It’s best to avoid using color in rented properties as off-the-shelf paints can be discontinued, meaning you’ll have to repaint whole rooms if you can’t find the exact match.
You may also discover that potential tenants don’t like the colors you choose, making it difficult to find a tenant who has the same design tastes as you. It’s advisable to keep the interiors as neutral as possible and avoid anything too personalized.
While an all-white bathroom gives the impression of a bright, clean space, look closely and you’ll perhaps find that’s not the case. White tiles and grout can look tired and dirty very quickly, which means that it’s sometimes challenging for tenants to keep the bathroom looking fresh and clean throughout the tenancy.
While this point is more about getting your rental property ready for viewings, rather than how to decorate it, it’s imperative that you recognize the importance of good, presentable photos for the online adverts.
If you can’t trust your current tenants to make sure the property is neat and tidy when the professional photographer comes round, it might be worth paying a cleaner to quickly tidy and freshen up the rooms in the morning before the pictures are taken – as long as you get permission from the current tenants.
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