Styling your home to rent

For many, it’s the time of year when contracts run out and new tenants are looking to move in – from students to young professionals, make sure you save money and rent your house quickly by using some simple styling tips and decorating ideas in this months style tip.

Treat Below your feet

Flooring in a rental property is incredibly important and there’s a number of ways you can add value and style without a huge price tag. Beige carpets – light carpets can make a room look bigger and brighter when they’re clean but beware, you run the risk of stains even with the most careful of tenants.

Wooden floors, tiles and vinyl flooring are durable and easy to clean – young professionals and students often prefer this look although some families prefer the comfort of carpet to hard wood floors.

Patterned carpets are forgiving and hide stains well but remember funky stripes may not be to everyone’s taste.

First Impressions Count

Many landlords forget that the exterior of a property is almost as important as the interior – many people make instant judgements based on the outside look of a home. Here are some easy pointers to make sure they don’t turn around and drive away…

  • Make sure your house number and/or house name is visible (If they can’t find it, they can’t rent it!)
  • Re-paint and touch up external paintwork. Make sure brickwork is clean and free of debris.
  • Ensure guttering is clean, clear and in working order.
  • Keep outside areas clear and make sure gardens are under control (if you can, leave out a BBQ to appeal to the idealistic nature of tenants for summer months).
  • Fit exterior lighting at the front and back of the property – added security for you and your tenant.

Clean and Cook

It’s a proven fact that bathrooms and kitchens are key to whether a tenant decides to rent your property. You don’t need to spend a fortune – rather try looking for end of line kitchen cabinets to get the best price and pick up a simple bathroom suite for next to nothing.


Paint is preferable to wallpaper because it is easier to maintain.

  • Use durable high quality acrylic paint, which will withstand wear and tear (pushchairs, bikes, shoe scuffs and furniture will undoubtedly knock the walls).
  • Use light, neutral colours such as magnolia for the walls, white for ceilings and white gloss for woodwork. Think blank canvas in which tenants can imagine their belongings!
  • Mould and water resistant paint is a must for bathroom and kitchen walls. Condensation can wreak havoc if the wrong paint is used.
  • Make a note of the name and brand of paint you have used for when you need to do touch up work or redecoration.

Practical vs Personal

Today’s renters are a discerning bunch – don’t let your personal taste affect the décor of your property, whilst Elvis themed rooms or shockingly bright colour schemes may feature high on the agenda of your own home, try to appeal to the mass market with clean lines, neutral colours and bright, clean spaces.

Let there be light

Nothing sells a home to a potential buyer more than an airy, bright living space – if you’re lucky enough to have huge windows which allow sunshine to stream in that’s great – but if your rooms need a little added luminosity try painting walls white, choosing a light coloured carpet and fit a high voltage energy saving light fitting. You can even strategically place mirrors to maximise the light in your property and to make rooms appear larger.

You may also want to think about whom you’re targeting to rent your house. Remember students will need a desk, bed and storage space whereas those who have previously rented or owned may want to bring all their own furniture.

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0 Responses to Styling your home to rent

  1. avatar Roscoe Bates says:

    The first thing to think about is the sort of buyer who is likely to want your property. Is your property likely to appeal to young professionals? families? retired couples? A recently built, town centre apartment is likely to appeal to young professionals or couples trying to get onto the housing ladder for the first time. An uncluttered, minimalist look with light, neutral coloured walls is likely to have the widest appeal. If you’re selling a three or four bedroom house in a residential neighbourhood near to schools then it’s more likely to appeal to families with school age children. Make it easy for them to imagine living there. Make the bedrooms look like bedrooms — don’t use them to store junk or as a home office. A bungalow might appeal to a retired couple looking to downsize. Make it look cosy and inviting with well chosen soft furnishings and subtle lighting. If you’re really not sure who your target buyer might be then simply follow the general advice on staging your home, set out below, and you won’t go far wrong. Back to top It may not be fun, but it’s the first step to a well staged house and it’s essential. So much so that if you’re not prepared to do a really good job then you should consider getting in professional cleaners. No matter how well staged your house — if it’s not clean buyers won’t be impressed. Make sure everything is cleaned: windows, woodwork, paintwork, the cooker, behind the furniture and every place that could possibly catch dust. Shampoo the carpets, clean the curtains and polish the floors.

  2. avatar Zane L. Guerrero says:

    The Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) tells landlords that they need to be able to obtain gross rent equivalent to between 130 per cent and 150 per cent of the rental property’s mortgage repayments. Its recommendations are slightly higher as it says to make a profit landlords will need to take into account void periods (when your property is empty or between tenants), insurance, maintenance costs and the day-to-day letting costs. Also, if you are using a letting agent to help you manage your investment they will on average charge 10 per cent of the rent, or 15 per cent if they are responsible for such things as repairs, complaints and other matters.

  3. avatar Lauren says:

    Very useful post for landlords. Roscoe makes a good point – the first thing you need to think about is the sort of buyer you’re trying to appeal to. Do this and you can’t go wrong!

  4. avatar Will Hoffman says:

    If it is practical to add fresh flowers and light a few candles, it will help make it look homely. But unless you live next door to the property, that’s probably unrealistic. I’d advise cleaning carpets and painting walls between each tenancy.