The winter is almost over and The Beast From The East has (thankfully) drifted off into lands anew - which must mean that spring is almost here.
When springtime rolls around, many renters and homeowners take the time to dig deep, grab those bin bags, don their marigolds and undertake a good old fashioned spring clean. And if you're a landlord with a property to let, this is your ideal time to jump on the home renovation bandwagon.
To help you do just that, here are some handpicked (and cost-effective) property renovation tips for landlords that will help keep your investment in excellent condition, making it as attractive as possible to the best potential tenants.
Let's dive in.
As we all know, walls can get scuffed, chipped and lose their overall sheen over time. If a wall looks particularly battered, this could deter potential tenants from taking the property.
While it may be time-consuming, treating age-worn walls to a fresh lick of paint will not only add a new lease of life to your property's main living areas, but brighter tones will also serve to create the illusion of extra space.
If some walls within your property have minor blemishes and you don't want to paint them in full, applying the exact match paint with a light roller over minuscule sections will help. Also, hanging attractive framed prints or paintings over any chips will do the trick too.
Curtains and blinds
Roller blinds in kitchens and bathrooms are particularly susceptible to wear and tear due to residual moisture and cooking-related stains.
Replacing your roller blinds is a cost-effective solution that will improve the look of your property in a big way.
If you have wooden Venetian blinds that attract dust, carve out some time in your schedule to get a duster glove as well as a bottle of furniture polish and get into every single nook - they'll look brand new in the end. Oh, and if you have curtains, get them professionally cleaned, they'll come out great.
How you tackle the exterior of your property will vary depending on the kind of place you own. But, the key is to make the outside of your place as attractive, safe and functional as possible.
Take a tour around the outside of your property, carrying out checks to see if there are any potential hazards or doorway obstructions. If there are, tend to them right away.
Next, ensure all weeds are removed and spray an effective weed killer around the perimeter or your property; mow overgrown grass too if applicable.
Also, small tweaks such as topiary balls, a new door number and pot plants can also make a significant difference to the aesthetics of your property.
This is a simplest of our landlord renovation tips but you wouldn’t believe how many people overlook it: go around your property and replace all of your light bulbs to ensure it’s as illuminated as humanly possible.
As mentioned earlier, this will make the place appear bigger; it will also show potential tenants that you take a great deal of care in your property - which is worth its weight in gold. So, make sure you don’t forget to replace those light bulbs.
We hope our tip-top landlord renovation tips will help you make your property more enticing to the tenants you no doubt deserve - and of course, we would like to wish you the best of luck.
Did you know that energy efficient homes are a top priority for today’s tenant? Find out more by reading our ‘Property Patter’ Energy Special.