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5 Property Renovation Essentials for Landlords

For landlords, an empty property is an unused asset draining money rather than making it. Of course, the process of letting a property isn't a difficult one, but if your building is an older one, the chances are that it will be in need of various upkeep and maintenance in order to ensure it is ready to be let.

To help you out and ensure that your property is ready and waiting for the next tenant to arrive, we have put together a quick checklist of top tips to help landlords ensure their property is in the best possible condition.

From quick and easy solutions to longer-term investments, read on for five of our property renovation essentials to keep in mind.

5 Essential property renovations

Peeling paintwork, faded wallpaper or stains from damp – none of these are appealing or inviting to potential tenants. Redecorating the walls may be a tedious task, but a fresh coat of paint will show the tenant that your property is well-maintained and ready to be let. Similarly, it's the perfect time to address any more serious concerns such as damp or insulation within the wall. Although this may be costly, these are issues which cannot be put off forever – the longer you leave it, the worse the problem is likely to become.

While replacing old, worn or threadbare carpets is an absolute must, hard floorings like wood and tiles will also be in need of some TLC. General maintenance and a deep clean is a good place to start, but if the flooring is damaged, it might be time to rethink the flooring options in that particular room.

Curtains or Blinds
Which is better? Of course, this depends primarily on your own personal preference, but making sure that there are curtains or blinds at every window is a good way to show that you care about the details when it comes to your property. If you don't fancy updating the curtains but still want a fresh look, try going for new curtain rails or sash curtain ties in a complementary colour or pattern to really stand out.

Whether it's a compact outdoor space or a full-size garden, both front and back gardens can speak volumes about the property itself. Of course, tenants will be responsible for looking after the garden similarly to they will when it comes to the house, but while your property is vacant, it's still good practice to keep on top of general garden maintenance tasks. Not only will it make things easier when a new tenant does move in, but an untended garden is a surefire signal that the property is empty – the last thing that you want to broadcast. At the very least, make sure to remove any weeds and mow the lawn ready for the arrival of your next tenant.

Front door, patio doors, interior doors – how often do you pay attention to the entrances and exits of your property? The front door is one of the first things about your property that potential tenants will see, so if it's poor quality or faded, peeling or old, for example, what does this say about the rest of the house? Give tired doors a fresh coat of paint, or failing that, it might well be time to invest in a brand new entrance leading into the property.

While you may be tempted to spend time and money picking out the perfect furnishings for your property, the fact of the matter is that the vast majority of properties are rented without furnishings – perfect for your new tenant to pick their own furniture and make the house a home. Instead, why not spend your money on structural or exterior parts of the building to ward off any potential problems before they arise?

Of course, once you have made sure everything is up to date and in proper working order, the next step is to get your property listed and start attracting potential tenants. Visit this website for more information – after all, listing your property needn't be a chore!

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