Know your market. Are you targeting students, couples, professional singles, holiday or executive renters? What level of return are you anticipating? Each of these markets will require a slightly different approach to the way in which you decorate your property.
Neutral colours are still the norm for stylish rental properties and a polypropylene carpet which is bleach cleanable on underlay is also a good idea. It’s always best to consider putting a better quality carpet down, although there are some ok looking, cheap, felt back carpets at around £4/ sq metre- they really won’t last or look as good for as long as a better quality one. Light colour carpets can also be off putting as tenants will worry about marks so consider wood flooring or even a vinyl in some areas. Continue reading Rental Decorating Tips
Having worked for about 20 years with new home builders, there are some things you should know.
NEVER be pressured into moving in by their end of year or half year- everyone from sales to plumbers will be rushing like mad to get homes finished. There are financial targets to be met and the finish of your home is the last thing on many developer’s minds. The stories I could tell- including the one where all sales were delayed because the land they built on wasn’t technically owned by developer. Continue reading Buying a New Property
We’ve had our Indian Summer and weren’t some of the sunsets amazing! Now apparently because the berries were on a certain shrub over August , we are in for a hard and cold winter. I always thought that if the berries were untouched till late then it was because they were being saved for winter. Either way we are in for a cold and possibly white Christmas. Continue reading Winter’s a-Coming
Decorex has always been considered the best of the Design Shows. They have a reputation for finding and steering new talent forward, it’s innovative, cutting edge and full of great ideas- they are the Milan catwalk of the Interiors world.
Or are they now? Is there just a bit, well a lot, of the “Emperor’s New Clothes” about them.
I didn’t go this year, but I have visited this exhibition in the past. I was desperate to find out what was new, what was hot, who to look out for. So, I did what any socially media aware person does and took to Twitter. Using the hashtag #decorex and following links back- Continue reading Is Decorex Losing Its Voice?
Every landlord wants to maximise their rental. Whatever the circumstances, when people rent it’s not just the number of bedrooms, fitted kitchen and access to train station that are important to them.
It’s the all important lifestyle. Continue reading Want to Splash Out a Little?
Selling a property relies as much on first impressions as it does location and price. Many people when viewing a property can often see past the dated kitchen, avocado bathroom suite and dated wallpaper. But there are always some that can’t. Maximising the appearance of the interior can mean the difference between a sale or no sale. Continue reading A Room with a View
It’s all too easy to put down the cheapest flooring possible when furnishing a rental property. But unless you want to be continually replacing it between short lets, it is worth spending a bit of money ensuring it will look good and last. Continue reading Carpeting and flooring in your buy to let