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Rejuvenating Your Rental Property

By Sally Rocliffe

When a tenant hands in his or her notice, it can come as a real blow – especially if you hoped they would stay on long term. Many rental property owners feel stressed at the thought of losing a few weeks’ worth of rent and quickly put the home back on the market.

While this may minimise the risk of your property standing empty for longer than needed, it could also cost you more money in the long run. When a tenant hands in their notice to leave it can actually become an excellent opportunity to arrange to give your rental property a quick once-over and ensure it is in top condition.

After all, if you have two long-term tenants it might be ten years before you can have a really good look around the place again.

Even if you have amazing renters, your property will still undergo some general wear and tear. By investing in small pieces of maintenance regularly, you could end up saving money in the long run before problems escalate.

Here are some particular areas to keep an eye out for when rejuvenating your rental property:

Paint on Walls

The quality of the paint on a property’s walls can do wonders for its aesthetic appeal. When the interior is suffering from general wear and tear, it may make your rental look tired and sad.

Give your property a quick coat of paint and fill in any holes made by picture hangers to keep the interior looking its best. Ask any DIY pro and they will tell you how effective a simple paint touch up can be at brightening and refreshing your home.

Carpets

Nothing helps to lift the feel and look of a home as much as a good carpet clean. Even if your carpet looks fine to the naked eye, chances are it’s home to all sorts of dusty nasties!

Bring in the professionals to give it a proper shampoo on a regular basis. Not only will this keep it clean it will also prolong the life of your carpet. You could even request that tenants do this upon vacating your property by making it a clause in your tenancy agreement.

Bathrooms

We all know grime likes to congregate in bathrooms – and unfortunately not every tenant can be trusted to clean the shower with rigorous vigour. Be sure to tackle mould head on as often as you can to keep it at bay!

Garden

No matter how big or small your garden, its presentation can really add value to your home and attract potential tenants. If your previous renters have let it wilt or become overgrown with weeds, dedicate a few days to get it looking respectable again.

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