Today’s tenants expect a rental property to be up-to-scratch and within the law so between renters is the perfect time to get any essential maintenance and DIY done - here's some tips for landlords from the London Handy Team.
Your last tenants have just moved out and you go around to the property to do an inspection. Grubby walls covered in felt tip pen, cracked grouting in the bathroom, a dripping tap in the kitchen. Your ‘To Do’ list is growing and prospective tenants are waiting to look around. Today’s tenants expect a rental property to be up-to-scratch and within the law so between renters is the perfect time to get any essential maintenance and DIY done.
Here’s our top 5 maintenance and DIY jobs for landlords:-
1. Changing taps
Dripping taps are a nuisance and the water slowly leaking out will probably leave a stain on the sink or bath. A dripping tap is also bad news for those on a water metre - in just a week a dripping tap can fill half an average-sized bath tub. Shabby bathrooms can also be transformed just by swapping old taps for new - cheaper and easier than getting a whole new bathroom suite. Changing taps is one of the most requested jobs from landlords.
2. Repaint of walls and ceilings
Grubby walls send out the wrong message. If you have been true to landlord form and opted to paint your property’s walls in a light, neutral colour they will look tired and dirty after a tenancy. A lick of paint is the easiest way of making any room appear bigger and brighter, and the smell of a freshly painted room will also please prospective tenants. Sometimes even just painting the ceiling is enough for a new look.
3. Changing light bulbs
This one’s more about saving money – especially if you include utility bills in your monthly rental fee. Swapping over from traditional light bulbs to energy savings ones is a quick job. Energy saving bulbs last far longer than traditional versions and use far less energy. It will also show prospective tenants you care about environmental issues.
4. Make wet areas watertight
It only takes a small hole in the grouting or a missing piece of silicone for water to seep under tiles or floorboards. And if left, the leak can cause an expensive disaster. It pays to redo grouting and silicone in bathrooms and kitchens after every tenancy. As well as making wet areas watertight, it will freshen up the appearance of the room and bring an air of cleanliness.
5. Lay new laminate flooring
Carpets are high maintenance in rental properties, especially in high traffic areas. Replace any carpet that is stained with laminate – easy to keep clean and easy to maintain. There are some very good wood-effect examples on the market today.
Here at the London Handy Team – we know the jobs that will need doing in a rental property as landlords and estate agents are a large part of our business. And to celebrate our guest blog spot on Tepilo, we’re offering 10% off jobs booked with us if you email [email protected] quoting TEPILO. Visit our website www.londonhandyteam.co.uk to find out about us, what we do and how much we charge. You can also call 0800 44 88 271