Top DIY tips for landlords

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How to make cost effective home improvements to your house as a landlord.

When you have a rented property, it’s important to ensure that it is kept up to date and comfortable for tenants. However, while you want to ensure that your rented property is being maintained and improved you also don’t want to break the bank. With a second lockdown upon us, DIY is seeing another return to the forefront. If you have a space that you’re renting out or are considering renting out and you want to make some small changes that will gave your property a facelift, then here are some handy tips and tricks.

1.Do it one room at a time.

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While you might want to do an overhaul on your property to give it a facelift and get a quick ROI, it can be costly and awkward trying to do it all in one go. When you decide to make large scale DIY improvements to your rented home, you usually need to have a vacant property entirely as it would disrupt the tenants. Whereas if your just making slight changes to one room in the house, you can arrange to do it when it won’t affect your tenants daily routines.

There’s also a monetary incentive to doing up rooms one by one. Naturally when you carry out maintenance progressively you can spread the costs out over a period of time and you won’t have to pay a lump sum.

2.Consider changing the flooring.

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One DIY change that you do yourself or at least partially do yourself, is changing the flooring. If you have carpets in your rented home, they can be difficult to keep clean. While hard wood flooring, linoleum and grade tile are more expensive to purchase initially, they are very durable. Hard floors are also easier to clean and maintain and don’t stain as easily.

Flooring that isn’t carpeted us also more likely to appeal to potential tenants if you are trying find tenants to rent or lease your property.

3.Paint your kitchen cabinets.

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If you’re looking to update your kitchen cabinets in your home but you’re not in a position to change them, consider painting them. You can paint your kitchen cabinets yourself and make a really good job of them.  It’s important to remember to choose the right paint, assess your cabinets and identify if they are solid wood, laminate, or metal and by the appropriate paint.

Wood cabinets are ideal for painting once you have sanded them down properly. Laminate cabinets can be a little bit trickier as they do require a special bonding primer. This primer can be found in the majority of DIY stores however.

While you might be considering a gloss finish to make your newly painted cabinets sparkle, this type of paint can be problematic for DIY’ers as it’s likely to show up mistakes. Semi-gloss or satin finishes are typically used for kitchens. So it might be a good idea to stick to one of those options.

A freshly painted kitchen can give your rented space a major facelift and it’s relatively easy to yourself, once you have the time!

4.Add a splash of colour.

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While we’re on the topic of painting, you could consider adding a splash off colour to the walls in your rented home. While it is often advised to stick to neutral tones in rented houses, painting one feature wall in the living room for example could give your rented space a face lift.

If all the walls in one of the rooms are cream then why not add a burnt orange or a deep green to a feature wall to spice things up. It’s important to choose the wall in question carefully however.

Usually, it is the wall which might possess a mantel peace or fireplace for example. Try to pick the centre of the room to add your colour to.

5.Refresh the windows.

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The windows in a home are more important than you might think. If you’re curtains are outdated and are gathering dust, then they’re dragging down your room. While curtains can be expensive to replace they are definitely worth the investment.

Firstly, wash your windows inside, and outside. Then place your existing curtains in the wash, as you never know where you could make use of them again. Bargain hunt for curtains, but try to find ones that will give your room of choice a lavish feel.

After you have hung your curtains, why not create some window boxes or place some fake plants on the window for an added touch.

6.Create a gallery wall.

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Have a spare blank wall in your home that you’re not sure what to do with? Consider creating a gallery wall of framed prints, your favourite holiday snaps or treasured pictures of family and friends. Depending on the style of your home, buy either a random assortment of frames in different shapes and sizes, or the same frames for a polished look. Gallery walls are a great talking point when people come to visit, and can be updated over time with new pictures and prints.

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