By Bonnie Jones, Senior Lettings Negotiator
Many people think of design as a glamorous profession and only for the most expensive homes and clients, but this is not the case – and here at City Rental Services, we like to advise and assist landlords in Bristol on design improvements for their rented properties.
Most rented accommodation in Bristol could benefit from some basic tips, these will not only add value to the rented property portfolio, but also enhance the experience and lifestyle of the tenants.
As we know, a happy tenant makes for a happy landlord – happy tenants are more likely to look after your property, and even enhance it themselves.
Bristol landlords who want to improve their properties sometimes don’t allocate enough time for the plan and can end up allowing the allocated builder or decorator to work out the colours etc., on their behalf, which sometimes works out, but can fail to have that polished, professional and eye-catching finishing touch that attracts the best tenant applicants.
If your rented property is looking tired, shabby and worn out, or insufficient consideration has been given to presentation, your property will be detrimentally affected. There are plenty of houses and flats out there that are well presented, and where care, time and thought has been given to the presentation.
Here’s my top tips for Bristol landlords on design for rented properties:
1. Always try and keep the outside and entrance of the rented property well-maintained: kerb appeal is important, and first impressions count.
2. Keep it simple: colours for walls and woodwork should be light and fresh, so that any tenant moving into a rented property can feel they can make it their own home.
3. Blinds and curtains should also be in natural colours, so that the tenants’ furniture works with the room: gone are the days when tenants enjoyed having dark heavy curtains at the windows!
4. Carpets – always tricky: tenants may not be as careful in their rented homes in looking after carpets. Dark grey carpets or wood floors – look stylish and of course wood is easier to maintain.
5. And last but not least – kitchens and bathrooms: white suites and complimentary tiles can warm the room, include the colours you have already planned for the walls in the splash backs, too. Work it all together to make a warm pleasing theme.
Hope some of these tips help you for next time you have work to be carried out on your rented accommodation in Bristol: with a little planning, you can achieve great results, and achieve a higher return.
If you’re looking for advice on rented property in Bristol from a leading independent lettings agency in 2015, call into 58 Gloucester Road to see us.