Unlike their continental counterparts, British tenants do not generally take account of the square footage of a house or flat when renting their next home. Nevertheless, spaciousness is often a priority and invariably comes at a premium.
So if you are letting your property, it’s worth making sure you create a feeling of as much space as possible in order to maximise your yield, especially if your property is relatively small to begin with.
Here are a few pointers:
1. If you can’t offer great space, at least make sure other first impressions are good. Aim for maximum impact by sprucing up your entrance area. Keep it clean, any hedges trimmed, and hide away unsightly refuse bins.
2. Clutter can make a small property appear even smaller. So if your property is offered furnished, keep furniture and artwork simple, creating longer cleaner lines.
3. Pay attention to the layout of furniture and have an obvious focal point to the room. Keep large pieces against the wall and where possible use colours that blend with the wall and floor colour. Throws can “dumb-down” darker pieces and add to a feeling of cosiness. Big patterns on one or two pieces look good but should be positioned away from walls.
4. Fully open up all blinds and curtains for a lighter roomier feel.
5. Use lighter shades on walls and stick to white on the ceiling to increase the feeling of space.
6. Mirrors can make a room appear larger if strategically positioned.
7. If you have a patio, present it as an extension of your limited living space. This can be achieved by installing patio furniture alongside a few stylish containers providing colour.
Please feel free to call us if you would like any advice as to how best to present your property as a rental in a crowded market that not only attracts tenant but encourages them to stay!
Neil Newstead, FARLA MNAEA
CEO – Oakfield Estate Agents