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How to decorate a buy-to-let property

With more and more people renting properties, the buy-to-let market has become quite a competitive place. As such, it’s become increasingly important to make sure your buy-to-let property is as attractive as it can be without costing you a fortune. As experienced Cardiff lettings agents, we know a few tricks of the trade to set your property ahead of the others.

How to decorate a buy-to-let property

Furnished or unfurnished

If you do supply your own furniture, you need to ensure it meets the appropriate safety standards. Of course, there is the risk of stuff being damaged. But for potential tenants who are working on temporary contracts, they’re often happy to pay a bit more for furnished properties as it makes their lives a little easier. If you don’t want to let the property furnished, adding in furniture just whilst you market the property can improve your chances of getting a tenant in more quickly as it’ll help them plan layouts and see how the property functions as a living space.

Don’t get personal

Remember, your property needs to appeal to vendors’ tastes, not yours. Whilst a blank canvas is great, you need to remember that any light colours are going to mark up very easily and could cost you more in general maintenance. Warmer pale yellows, soft beiges and off-whites will keep your property looking fresh and neutral but will often mean less maintenance on your part.

Spend or splurge?

Some things are worth the added cost whilst others are not. Consider your choice of flooring carefully as light carpets can get grubby quickly and costs a lot to clean properly. Similarly, low-cost laminate flooring can start to look a little worn after a couple of years. The floor is going to be the most used thing you invest in, so it’s worth spending a little more money to make sure it’s up to a high standard and as robust as possible.

If you’re ready to start renting out your property, get in touch with us today and we’ll help you find a tenant.

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