Park and Bailey’s landlords home improvement tips
We wanted to share some of the best ways to help landlords achieve a great look on their rental property. Here we’ve recommended some home improvements that could help and attract the best tenants.
Check out our top tips below…
Choosing the right paint for your rented property, can help greatly with maintenance costs in the long run. Make sure you choose a paint that’s designed specifically for each surface, whether that’s wood, plaster, brick or tile. Make sure you get a good undercoat, followed by several coats of washable paint.
Foe areas such as hallways and stairwells, it’s important you use hardwearing paint so that can easily be wiped down. It’s better to use hardwearing paint for any woodwork, as it’s easy to clean and less likely to get chipped. You may want to consider painting the exterior of your property too, as first impressions always count!
You should always think about how you can improve energy efficiency to your property. One thing to consider is that the lower the utility bills for your tenants, the more likely they are to be able to afford the rent. Key areas to insulate are the loft and floors. Ideally all windows should be double-glazed and should be in good condition too.
Making sure you have good ventilation is a must! If air can’t circulate, it can lead to a build-up of moisture, which may result in condensation and surface mould forming. If left, it can spread quickly. It can affect your tenants by causing allergens, irritants and event toxic substances. If it’s not dealt with early on, it could end up costing a lot of money to put right.
Kitchen and Bathroom
You can install a plain, cost effective suite as long as the doors and worktops can be replaced easily, rather than having to update the whole kitchen. This will reduce the time it takes to refurbish a kitchen and also ensure that it keeps upgrade costs to a minimum. With bathrooms, it’s worth seeing what parts still work on the outside of tiles or walls, so if something goes wrong it can be fixed quickly. If you spend a bit more on investing in decent hardware it will raise the look of the bathroom and last longer.
It’s worth spending time and a little money on ensuring a tenant feels safe in your property. If possible, make sure the external doors are fitted with deadlocks and that all the windows have lockable handles. If the property is in an area that’s not well lit, consider installing motion-activated security lights outside the house.
Top 5 maintenance tips for landlords
- Schedule regular property inspections and maintenance works to keep the property in the best possible condition. This also ensures that even if your tenants haven’t reported a problem, you should still find it before they do.
- Check and record the condition of smoke detectors, fire alarm systems and all the other fire safety items.
- Make sure all the contractors you use are qualified to carry out the work and belong to a relevant trade body of association for their trade.
- Forward plan when you renovate your bathroom to make sure workings are easily accessible for repairs.
- Check the property is watertight ahead of winter. Look for any loose or missing roof tiles, gaps in the brickwork, and loose pointing – anywhere water could penetrate.
All these improvements and recommended maintenance steps, should result in attracting the best tenants and securing the highest possible market rent.