Some landlords believe that, when it comes to renting a property, location is everything. And, to some extent, they have a point. After all, a flat nearby a busy train or underground station will always appeal to commuters and is likely to attract a great deal of interest. However, while many tenants prioritise convenience, they don’t want to live somewhere dirty, poorly decorated and in a state of disrepair.
If you are a landlord with flats to rent in and around Wandsworth, it may surprise you to know that spending a little bit of money on decorating could yield better results.
After all, a fresh lick of paint and a modern décor is far more appealing to good tenants who are prepared to pay the very best market rent. What’s more, you will find it probably lets a lot more quickly.
On this blog page, the experts at Trust Milo Ltd offer some suggestions on how best to decorate your rental properties.
If this is your first time doing up flats to rent, consider the following ideas:
• Although pale, neutral colours make the interior of any Wandsworth property look brighter and bigger, creating an illusion of additional space, you need to balance this out with the wear and tear it will probably suffer. We suggest staying away from white and cream carpets, furnishings and walls, as these will show up marks far more clearly
• When it comes to painting flats to rent, different rooms may have different requirements. When decorating rooms with a high level of moisture, such as bathrooms and kitchens, use mould-resistant, wipeable paint on the ceiling and the walls. It may cost a little extra than standard paint, but it will save you from having to redecorate again so soon
• For bedrooms and living rooms in Wandsworth properties, however, you can choose a washable matt paint that is tough enough to withstand scrubbing. Cleaning off scuff marks at the end of a tenancy is far cheaper than redecorating
• As for woodwork, such as doorframes and skirting boards, gloss paint is a better choice than eggshell. This is because it has greater stain resistance and is far more hardwearing
• Some of the most attractive flats to rent we have seen in the Wandsworth area use the same paint throughout. This improves the overall flow of the property. We advise you look at buying multiple tins of paint so that you can touch up areas when you need to, instead of repainting the entire room. However, it is worth checking with the supplier before you buy, in case they plan to withdraw the colour from their range, in the near future
If you’re a landlord in Wandsworth looking to make the most of your rental properties, remember that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to make a big impact.
There are plenty of low-cost solutions to make a room look bigger and more stylish. However, try to avoid choosing the cheapest products and materials. After all, a budget paint may seem appealing, but the wall coverage may not be as good as a more expensive brand. If you have to apply more coats, the final cost could be about the same.
Furthermore, poor-quality paint simply won’t look as good or last as long as something from a reputable brand.