Imagine if you could make the properties that you are currently trying to let look larger, brighter, cleaner, warmer, more homely, and, above all else, make people rent them.
General DIY, depersonalise and de-clutter, a fresh lick of paint, clean the windows, hoover the carpet, plump those cushions, ensure beds are neatly made, landlords can do a lot to improve their property’s internal appearance to entice prospective renters.
ARLA Propertymark has provided some fresh tips on how to make your rental property feel like a home to those moving into it.
Lighting is an easy way to change up your home. An eye-catching floor lamp, twinkling fairy lights or a bold new lampshade can all change the feel of a room without costing too much money.
Mirrors are another quick way to create an illusion of space and brightness in your property. They’re easy to find in lots of different shops and quickly alter the appearance of a room. If you want to avoid making holes in your walls, try propping the mirror up against the wall instead for a laidback feel.
It might sound simple but moving around some furniture to try out a new layout can dramatically transform your property. Try moving the couch to a different wall, adjusting where your armchair sits or even swapping rugs from one room to another to see how you can easily transform your space. Or maybe even change around the functions of your rooms, switching up your bedroom and your living room to change the atmosphere in those spaces.
If you let a furnished property, your choice of sofa might not be to your tenant’s taste. However, sofa and cushion covers are a quick way to update this upholstery and allow your tenant to bring their own personality into the room. As an added bonus, most of these covers are machine washable making cleaning up any spillages much easier.
Most rental properties have neutral wall colours, but this doesn’t have to stop you from adding a little more excitement. Removable wallpapers offer the ability to add a fun accent wall in your property, or even up-cycle old wardrobes or beside cabinets by adding fun patterns or colours. However, make sure to do your research, look at customer reviews and even consider patch testing the wallpaper on some of your own furniture first to make that that it does peel off properly, doesn’t leave a residue, and doesn’t take any plaster with it.
Bring the outside in
Plants can be a surprisingly affordable way to bring life into your property and given the ongoing lockdown restrictions. However, houseplants have also been found to improve your mood, reduce stress and increase productivity.One study, from the National Centre for Biotechnology Information even found that patients in hospital rooms with plants experienced less anxiety, pain and fatigue. You can sit your plants in pots on the floor, on bookshelves or kitchen countertops to bring some green into your property.