Renting out a home? Here’s how to decorate it

As a new landlord, it’s important to make your rental property attractive to tenants. The right decor and the right furniture can make a huge difference in reducing the amount of time that your property is left empty and generating no income. Here are some tips on how to decorate a home or apartment you plan to rent:

  • The Floors

Choose a carpet that is neither too light nor too dark. Instead, choose a middle-tone colour. This will hide stains and dirt without being obvious. As a landlord, it’s tempting to choose the cheapest option. However, consider how often you will need to replace a carpet that has been subjected to multiple professional cleaning sessions. Many people prefer laminate flooring in areas with high traffic because of its durability and easy cleaning.

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  • Furnishings

You only need to provide the basics if you are offering the property unfurnished. Furnished properties, however, can be ideal for professionals who have temporary contracts and work in different parts of the country. The furniture you’d need to supply, at a minimum, includes:

Lounge sofa and coffee table. For a Vintage Sofa, contact

Dining Room/Kitchen Tables and Chairs

Bed and bedside tables – Bedrooms

Desk and chair – for bedrooms for the student market

Fridge/freezer, washing machine, and cooker in the kitchen

  • Paint

Neutral colours are generally accepted as the best way to keep everyone happy. Neutral colours will go with any furniture colour or style, so tenants won’t need to redecorate. A satin finish makes it easier to clean the walls between tenants and durable acrylic or latex should help reduce the need for constant redecoration.

Tiles are also an excellent choice for kitchens and bathroom walls, as they are susceptible to mould and moisture. Tiles are durable, protect walls and are easy to maintain. Choose a dark tile and dark grouting to avoid the grubby, white grouting.

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Mould is difficult to remove once it has taken hold. It can also cause health issues that you do not want your tenants to experience. Mould prevention is cheaper and more effective than treatment. Install an extractor in your bathroom and address the underlying causes as soon as you see any mould. For additional protection, use a mould-resistant coating above your tiles.

  • Viewings

Make sure your property is clean and tidy after the previous tenants before letting prospective tenants view it. You want tenants to be able to imagine themselves in the property, so clean all windows, sinks, and toilets.

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