When you are trying to attract a tenant for your property, there are a number of simple things you can do to make it look spectacular, without breaking the bank! Read on for our top ten tips …
- If your property is part or fully furnished, be mindful of your target tenant. Make sure that the furniture is not only fit for purpose, but attractive and matching too. For example, a student let will require robust furniture, a desk for studying, hard wearing flooring etc. A let property aimed at a family will require more ‘touches’ such as a comfy, large sofa and better quality furnishings.
Throw out any mismatched or broken furniture as well as generally de-clutter. Whoever your target market is, you want to create a calm, spacious oasis, not something reminiscent of a junk shop.
- Now you have de-cluttered and decided which furniture you are keeping, it is time to give it a deep clean – and this means everything from sweeping the walls and ceilings to clearing out plug holes, etc. Once you have deep cleaned your let property, now the fun can begin!
- Give your property a lick of paint in neutral colours. That way potential tenants will be greeted by a clean, airy and fresh smelling property. If your property is high end, then paint an accent wall in the main living room and / or master bedroom - this gives a real designer feel yet is cheap to do.
- ‘Dress’ the property, even if it is an unfurnished let. Dot around a few pictures on the walls, hang quality curtains or blinds, and add things such as a toaster and kettle in the kitchen to add a homely feel, as well as fluffy towels in the bathroom.
For furnished lets, make sure all the bed linen matches and complements the room’s colour scheme. For high end properties, throw silk cushions on to the bed and sofa for a luxury feel, and maybe add subtle lighting.
- In the bathroom, if anything is still looking a little tired after the deep clean, such as the taps and shower head, replace them. Shiny new taps and shower heads look so much better than old, faded ones covered in limescale. And check for any leaks too!
- Still in the bathroom, throw out any carpet and replace the flooring with something more durable and easy to keep clean.
- Make sure the property has kerb appeal. Paint the front door, clean (and repair if necessary) windows and frames, tidy the garden, and add some colourful pots to create a feeling of ‘home’.
- Get out in the back garden and see how it can be improved. Even if it is a little courtyard, buying a cheap, colourful table and chair set, plus adding some pots and plants, can make it more inviting.
- If there is a lawn, make sure there are no ugly, dead patches, and keep the grass well mown.
- Finally, on viewing days, give the place a good air and, if you want to go that extra mile, get some flowers for the kitchen and / or bedroom. Simple, yellow flowers work best, as yellow is a colour associated with happiness.
Remember that no matter how many renters’ must-haves you have nailed it with your property (e.g great location, off street parking etc.), there are other properties just like yours available. By taking the time to spruce up and dress your property, hopefully it will make it stand out from the rest – and secure you a tenant quickly.