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The housing market is arguably one of the most difficult sectors of society to navigate, especially for first time buyers. As a result, more and more rental properties are in demand, with many choosing to forfeit having their own home in return for having a secure maintained property. Even though this spells success for most landlords, there’s the obvious fact that there’s some homeowners that don’t utilise their home effectively, and thus lose tenants. To avoid such pitfalls, and to keep everyone happy, there’s a few improvements you can invest in that will open up the living space effectively, and create a happy home for your new tenants.

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Two of the main areas that potential renters will look at are the kitchen and bathroom, for they can offer the biggest ‘wow factor’ upon viewing; these should be your starting points on which you can expand. This isn’t to say that you should overlook the remaining rooms within the house, but that you should present with your biggest selling points, emphasising them for mass effect.

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The key factor here is making sure everything in these rooms flows, that there’s a fluidity in both its appearance and its design; after all, it’s the details that renters will scrutinise and pick up on. If you’re unsure of what you’re looking for, just think of all the showroom homes that you see online, and the styling that’s used to sell them to buyers. You may, of course, not have such resources and funds at your disposal, and so you require a more hands on approach to readying your home.

  • Invest in white appliances and goods for these rooms. One of the easiest mistakes that can be made, especially by new landlords, is that they try to put too much personality into the property. Even though the idea is sincere, renters want to walk through your home and be able to imagine themselves living there, with their belongings included. By choosing neutral colours, you not only provide a blank slate for them to work with, but you’re also creating a lighter and airy home.
  • Restore instead of buying. Wherever you’re able to, we suggest renewing the items inside the home rather than buying new fixtures and fittings. Not only will this save you money, but it can also add a unique charm to the property, which may be exactly what the tenants are looking for. We’re not saying to avoid budgeting for new fittings if they’re needed, we’re simply suggesting that a thorough inspection of the property should be done before you gut the house and start again. It can save you so much money, which can then be utilised elsewhere.
  • Fail to Prepare, and Prepare to Fail. This may sound like a very pessimistic piece of advice, but it comes from a place of experience – if you don’t prepare for all eventualities, you often get burnt because of it. To avoid such mishaps, as well as giving your tenants peace of mind, you need to take out landlord insurance.

All in all, there’s a lot of facets to consider before you open up your home to estate agents and potential renters. However, with some smart thinking and preparation, you can ensure that not only is your house attractive and welcoming, but that it’s safe too. You want your tenants to stay for as long as possible, and so you need to invest in their future as well as your own. As you can see from the tips above, you can do this in many ways, both in making the house presentable, and by putting security and safety above all else as well.

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