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Top decorating tips for a quick turnaround of tenancies

20 June 2022

A rental property being empty for a sustained period is every landlord’s nightmare. With some clever and cost-effective decorating, a property available for let can be significantly more attractive to prospective tenants, thereby reducing void periods.

If you have a tenancy terminating soon and are keen to get the property let out with minimal delay, take a look at the following top decorating tips for a quick turnround of tenancies.

Flooring

It is not uncommon for landlords to need to upgrade the flooring in between tenancies, as the last thing prospective tenants want to see when viewing a property are dirty carpets and worn floorboards.

Rather than opting for light carpets that will show the dirt, fit dark coloured ones that are likelier to stand the test of time. Boost the longevity of less expensive carpets with a quality underlay, to make it feel and appear thicker.

In spaces with a heavy footfall, like the kitchen and hallway, opt for laminate flooring which will be less susceptible to wear and rips.

Bathrooms

In between tenancies provides the perfect opportunity to give aging bathrooms a facelift. Shower trays can be prone to leaks and expensive to fit and repair. A more cost-effective option can be to have a shower fitting over a bath.

It’s also a sensible idea – space permitting – to have a second bathroom or least a toilet fitted in a rental property. That way, if issues arise in the main bathroom, tenants have a second one to use in an emergency.

Neutral walls

One tenant’s taste is naturally different to the next. Avoid putting off potential tenants by playing it ‘safe’ and opting for neutral-coloured walls of whites, beiges and light greys. For landlords with multiple properties use the same colour and brand of paint to decorate with, so tins can be used in the different rental properties to touch up walls whenever required.

Kitchen

Rather than ripping out a kitchen that is looking drab and replacing it with a new one, use this time to save money by revamping the existing kitchen. Consider replacing cabinet doors, or even painting them, to breathe new life into this well-used room. When installing new appliances, opt for freestanding options as integrated appliances can more expensive and can prove problematic if something goes wrong.

If you’re thinking about investing in property for the rental market or are a landlord wanting to add to your portfolio, purchasing property at auction can be a great way to find the right investment. Check out the lots we have listed in our forthcoming auction in London.

Written by Andrew Binstock

20 June 2022

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