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Property interiors that tenants love

April 24, 2016

“How should I decorate and furnish my rental property to maximise my return on investment?”

We hear this question time and time again from our landlords, so we thought we’d commission a survey to find out the answer.

As part of this survey, we provided 1,000 people (each of whom were looking to rent, with a budget of approximately £400 per week) with a choice of several options for the reception room in a property, and asked them to choose the most appealing one. Watch the video above to see the results!

Tenant survey results:

  1. Modern: 41%

    Simple, modern furniture, neutral colours, contemporary laminate flooring

  2. Homely: 38%

    Homely. Leather sofas, antique pieces and painted walls

  3. Quirky: 12%

    Decorated with a feature wall, quirky pieces, wooden floor and neutral furniture

  4. Minimalist: 9%

    Simple and chic, with minimal furniture, blinds and bright white walls

The results show how important to get the right balance of outlay when preparing your property for rental. Though the winning room was by no means the most expensive to create, it still appealed to the broadest range of tenants.

Get the look!

The winning room contains only the basic furniture, and it’s decorated in neutral colours to attract the maximum amount of interest. It has also been laid out in a manner that makes the room look defined in terms of areas but still spacious. By putting spot lights in the landlord has created an even brighter room, adding to the natural light already present. The room has the natural advantage of space and large windows, but you can recreate the general look by using similar fixtures and fittings:

Tenant deal breakers

There’s no point spending money furnishing and decorating your rental property, if tenants are going to turn it down for other reasons. We commissioned some research which identified 5 key deal breakers for tenants - in other words, the five things that immediately put a tenant off a property. Avoid these at all costs and decorate and furnish correctly, and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t achieve the maximum rent and attract the best possible tenants. Watch the video to find out the top 5 tenant deal breakers!    

Let us help!

A lot of our landlords opt for our Concierge package as it gives them access to a local Property Concierge: a dedicated property manager who will expertly manage the property as if it were their own. Based locally to your property, they’re on call to give you advice about absolutely anything in regards to your property, i.e. the best way to spend your money to achieve the rent you want. The package also includes a free maintenance service between tenancies to make sure that your property is kept in fantastic condition.

If you want us to let your property or if you want any more information about the packages we offer, give us a call on 020 7099 4000. 

A big thanks to B&Q for letting us film in their store! Click on the following links to buy the 'get the look' paint, laminate flooring and spotlights.

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